Motta back but Silva rested for PSG

Italian international midfielder Thiago Motta is available again after injury for Paris Saint-Germain`s Ligue 1 encounter with Lens on Saturday but skipper Thiago Silva will not feature.

AFP| Updated: Mar 06, 2015, 22:59 PM IST
Motta back but Silva rested for PSG

Paris: Italian international midfielder Thiago Motta is available again after injury for Paris Saint-Germain`s Ligue 1 encounter with Lens on Saturday but skipper Thiago Silva will not feature.

Coach Laurent Blanc revealed on Friday that he would make changes to his side following Wednesday`s 2-0 win against Monaco in the quarter-finals of the French Cup.

And both the return of Motta and the decision to rest Brazil defender Silva comes with one eye on next midweek`s Champions League last-16, second leg against Chelsea in London.

"We bring back Thiago Motta who is over his calf injury. He hasn`t played for three weeks, so we will see how he gets on. He is a very important player for our philosophy," said Blanc.

"He took a blow to the calf against Lyon (on February 8) which didn`t prevent him from playing against Nantes (three days later), and it was against Nantes that he got injured."

Motta therefore missed the 1-1 first-leg draw with Chelsea at the Parc des Princes.

Of his decision to rest Silva, Blanc added: "He has played a lot. He has started the last eight or nine matches and been incredible. But maybe some others will get a rest too."

Blanc also indicated that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to the line-up after missing the last two matches due to suspension.

"He is ready. We have had him working while he was out suspended and he has had a good break, which he needed.

"Now he needs to play, and the match against Lens is a good thing for him as it will give him a taste of competition before Chelsea."

PSG can go provisionally top of the Ligue 1 table by beating struggling Lens before Lyon -- who are currently one point clear -- go to Montpellier on Sunday.