Aurier to start against City, David Luiz suspended

Aurier to start against City, David Luiz suspended
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) and Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier in action

by Bertin Basson

Tuesday Apr 12, 2016. 17:00

Serge Aurier is set to start for Paris Saint-Germain against Manchester City in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash at the Etihad on Tuesday evening.

The Ivory Coast international will start at right-back with Marquinhos slotting in a centre-back alongside Thiago Silva in place of the suspended David Luiz, according to reports.

Aurier, 23, returned to Laurent Blanc's starting eleven last week for the first time since a leaked periscope video in which he insulted both the PSG coach and his teammates, went viral.


His inclusion failed to pay dividends with the Ouragahio born fullback at fault for Fernandinho's equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

Aurier had to settle for a place on the bench at the weekend with Democratic Republic of Congo linked Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos manning the heart of defence in a 2-0 win over Guingamp - Gregory van der Wiel started at right-back.

Blanc had deployed Marquinhos at right-back to great effect in PSG's Round of 16 win over Chelsea - during which time Aurier was suspended by the club.

Aurier's Ivory Coast teammate Yaya Toure is set to return for the Sky Blues tonight. Wilfried Bony is likely to be named among the substitutes with Sergio Agüero starting up front for the hosts.

Predicted starting XI as per

Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure, Navas, De Bruyne, Silva; Agüero

PSG: Trapp/Sirigu; Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Aurier; Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Stambouli; Di María, Ibrahimović, Cavani

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