Douchez ready to show his worth
Nicolas Douchez is set to get the nod from Paris St Germain boss Antoine Kombouare to continue his European odyssey against Slovan Bratislava on Thursday night.
The former Rennes goalkeeper cannot displace Salvatore Sirigu in Kombouare's Ligue 1 team, but he has started both matches in the Europa League for the Parisians so far this season and should make it a third in Slovakia.
PSG beat Salzburg in their opening game but then lost to Athletic Bilbao, and they currently stand second in Group F, ahead of Salzburg by virtue of their win against the Austrians.
Summer signing Douchez watched from the bench on Sunday as PSG won 3-1 away to Ajaccio, to stay top of Ligue 1.
He is eager to be involved again, and said: "We are approaching this match in the right way, having given a good display in the league, away to Ajaccio. It's ideal for our confidence.
"The objective is to win again in this competition, to keep things going. That's what we're going there for."
PSG will be without suspended former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder Momo Sissoko, while injuries rule out Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Bodmer and Guillaume Hoarau.
Bodmer had been selected for the squad but had to withdraw today due to a left thigh injury.
Right-back Christophe Jallet told PSG's official website that the team were in good spirits.
He said: "The preparation for this European game has gone well.
"It has to be said that it's always easier to prepare for matches when you're on the back of victories.
"Diego Lugano and Jeremy Menez are back in the squad, having served (Ligue 1) suspensions, and it's a very good thing because we need everyone to keep moving forward."
Jallet promised PSG would do their homework on Slovan before the game, saying: "We don't really know this team, but we're going to work hard on their characteristics before Thursday to try to give us every chance."
Slovan have lost to both Salzburg and Bilbao so are still searching for their first point in the group.
Striker Milos Lacny admits there is a lot to admire about PSG.
He said on Slovan's website: "I like them very much.
"But we must look at ourselves and give them the best possible match.
"I believe that if we give our all, we can be a match for them."