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Beckham in PSG squad for Sunday

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PARIS (AP)

David Beckham is in Paris Saint-Germain's squad to face bitter rival Marseille and could make his club debut in the French league on Sunday.

The 37-year-old former England captain has not played since his last appearance for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Dec. 1, and has been stepping up his training in a bid to be ready for Sunday's game at Parc des Princes.

''Maybe he'll start, because he's fit to start,'' PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti told a news conference on Saturday. ''If he starts, he'll play in central midfield.''

Ancelotti added: "He will be available but I don't want to reveal the team," the Italian told reporters on Saturday. He has worked well and is in good state physically and mentally. He wants to play and he is in a condition to start. He is capable of playing a full match."

PSG leads second-place Lyon by three points and third-place Marseille by five heading into this weekend's matches.

Beckham is looking to win championships in four different countries, after title successes with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Galaxy.

He could also play a part in Wednesday's French Cup game at home to Marseille.

"I played a lot of big games in my career, such as duels between AC Milan and Inter, Real Madrid and Barcelona, or the Galaxy and Chivas," Beckham told PSG's official website after being named in a 20-man squad.

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"I think it's very exciting to discover a new very special game."

Thiago Motta, Mamadou Sakho and Thiago Silva are still absent, but Lucas Moura and Alex have all been included in the squad.

Marseille head into the game off the back of a 1-0 win over Valenciennes, thanks to Rod Fanni's last-gasp strike.

The matchwinner is confident his side can make it two wins in a row and has no doubt his teammates will step up in such an important game.

"It puts us under a little more pressure and it is a challenge," he said on the official Marseille website. "Even supporters of both camps, it puts more excitement. This is a good thing. PSG are not untouchable.

"We have seen last weekend they have flaws and may lose. But they have a lot of very good players and have played a lot of very good matches, including Valencia. We must respect that, but they do not overwhelm the championship as it may be the case in Germany with Bayern currently. They are not beaten or even unplayable, even "

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