Paris Saint-Germain’s injury problems continue to mount ahead of the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash against Manchester United on Tuesday. Already missing superstar forward Neymar with a long-term injury, PSG’s squad has become even thinner in recent days. Striker Edinson Cavani limped off with a hip injury after scoring the only goal in PSG’s win over Bordeaux this past weekend, and the Uruguayan has not traveled to Manchester for Tuesday’s game. With the severity of the injury not yet determined, there’s even a chance he will still be out for the second leg in Paris three weeks from now.
The bad news doesn’t end there for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Right-back Thomas Meunier recently suffered a concussion and joins Neymar and Cavani on the absentee list.
“Thomas’ neurological examination confirmed a light concussion. He will be unavailable until his next neurological consultation at the end of the week.”
There is at least some relief for the French side, as midfielder Marco Verratti has returned to fitness after an injury lay-off and is likely to start at Old Trafford. PSG’s depleted attack, however, places even more responsibility on the shoulders of Kylian Mbappé and former United man Ángel di María.
On the other side of things, the Reds have an almost clean bill of health, with right-backs Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian the only senior players not currently available.