PSG Confident Keylor Navas Will Be Fit to Start Champions League Final

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Keylor Navas should be fit for Sunday's Champions League final
Keylor Navas should be fit for Sunday's Champions League final / Boris Streubel/Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain are confident that first choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be available for Sunday's Champions League final, according to reports in France.

The Costa Rican missed out on his side's 3-0 semi final victory over RB Leipzig with a hamstring injury suffered against Atalanta, Sergio Rico filling in between the sticks. Despite the Spaniard's clean sheet and all-around solid performance, Navas remains PSG's preferred goalkeeping option if he is fit.

Sergio Rico filled in for Navas in the semi finals
Sergio Rico filled in for Navas in the semi finals / David Ramos/Getty Images

RMC Sport report that the Parisians will get their wish, with the 33-year-old recovering well from the knock. The stopper is expected to return to full contact training on Thursday and the player's entourage are confident he will be raring to go for the final.

Navas has been one of PSG's star men during their run to the final, racking up a save percentage of 80.8% - the third best in the entire competition - and letting in just five goals in eight appearances. His fine European form has been matched in Ligue 1, where he conceded just 18 times in 21 games last season, registering 11 clean sheets.

Navas' swift recovery is one of several fitness boosts that Thomas Tuchel has received of late. After suffering a nasty looking injury in the Coupe de France final against St-Étienne in July, Kylian Mbappe was a doubt for his side's remaining Champions League campaign.

However, the superstar forward miraculously made his return against Atalanta from the bench before playing a full 90 minutes against Leipzig. Marco Verratti also enjoyed a brief cameo against Julian Nagelsmann's side as he stepped up his recovery from a calf problem.

PSG's opponents on Sunday will be decided on Wednesday, with Bayern Munich and Lyon facing off for the remaining spot in the final.


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