Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

PSG missing Cavani for Champions League 1st leg v Man United

PSG missing Cavani for Champions League 1st leg v Man United

Cavani left the pitch on the stroke of half-time holding his thigh, just after opening scoring with a penalty in the 43rd minute.

With Neymar already ruled out with a broke metatarsal, the French champions were banking on the likes of star striker Edinson Cavani to step up to the plate.

And PSG coach Tuchel told TF1's Telefoot on Sunday morning: "There is no good news this morning".

"Honestly, I don't know if he will be here on Tuesday". Yes, it is worrying.

On Saturday, Tuchel acknowledged that injuries to Cavani, Marco Verratti and Neymar over recent weeks have forced him to move from "Plan B to Plan D". We will wait for training on Friday to see if they will play on Saturday.

"It's super hard. If we miss several players the challenge will be even bigger".

Players have been known to take pain injections to play through such huge fixtures but Neymar in particular appears to be completely ruled out while the Uruguayan's injury comes a little too close to the fixture.

When Manchester United were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League's round of 16, the reaction was one of panic among United fans, while supports of rival clubs indulged in some schadenfreude. Without "Ney", maybe without Marco, maybe without "Edi".

"If two or three key players are not there, it is our responsibility to find solutions. But we will be ready on Tuesday". Not everyone can play at that level in the Champions League.

"Verratti can play and will play", said the German coach.

When United were initially pitted against Les Parisiens, very few gave them the chance, given their struggles to garner regular wins under ex-boss Jose Mourinho.

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