“Neymar’s absence has been planned for some time. Galtier said at the pre-match press conference.
The Brazilian injured his ankle in the World Cup opener against Serbia, but returned in the round of 16 and scored against South Korea. Seleção lost to Croatia in the quarterfinals.
The Paris club will be without members of its star attacking trio as Lionel Messi returns to training on Wednesday and Kylian Mbappe is on vacation. French striker and Moroccan right-back Achraf Hakimi is taking a few days off after returning to training right after the World Cup.
Neymar, frustrated by the defeat against Croatia, was sent off in the 2-1 victory over Strasbourg on 28 December. He received his first yellow card for an involuntary slap by Adrian Thomason (61′) and his second card for simulation in the rival team’s area (62′).
“I’m not worried,” Gaultier said. “We have Neymar on par with the early season.