Hart returns for City, Aurier in for PSG in Champions League quarter-final

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Paris (AFP)

Goalkeeper Joe Hart returns after injury to captain Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday as Kevin De Bruyne also starts.

England number one Hart was stretchered off after injuring his calf during City's 1-0 home defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on March 20, but manager Manuel Pellegrini declared him fit after he returned to training on Tuesday.

Belgian playmaker De Bruyne made his return from two months on the sidelines and scored in Saturday's 4-0 win at Bournemouth, but captain Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling are missing for the visitors in the French capital.

Apart from Hart, the only change to the team that played at the weekend sees Bacary Sagna start at right-back.

Meanwhile, PSG coach Laurent Blanc sprung a surprise by handing a start to Serge Aurier, as the Ivory Coast right-back makes his first appearance since being banished to the reserves in February for insulting Blanc and several of his team-mates in a video posted on social media.

Aurier is preferred to Marquinhos while Edinson Cavani gets the nod ahead of Lucas in attack and Adrien Rabiot starts with Marco Verratti still missing due to injury.

PSG are in the last eight for the fourth season running while City are appearing at this stage for the first time.

Starting line-ups for the Champions League quarter-final, first leg between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday (kick-off 1845 GMT):

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3): Kevin Trapp; Serge Aurier, Thiago Silva (capt), David Luiz, Maxwell; Adrien Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi; Angel Di Maria, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani

Coach: Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart (capt); Bacary Sagna, Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, Gael Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Jesus Navas, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne; Sergio Aguero

Coach: Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB)