Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed they may nearly actually be with out striker Edinson Cavani for Tuesday’s Champions League spherical of 16 first leg away at Manchester United, whereas right-back Thomas Meunier has additionally been dominated out.
Cavani, 31, injured a tendon in his proper hip taking a penalty to attain the one objective of the match in Saturday’s 1-Zero Ligue 1 dwelling win over Bordeaux, and a PSG assertion learn: “Medical examinations have revealed an injured tendon in Edinson’s proper hip.
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“The remedy of this damage and the size of his unavailability will rely upon the evolution of the damage over the approaching days.”
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has feared the worst since Saturday and admitted after the Bordeaux victory that he was not assured that Cavani could be again in time for the journey to Manchester. His view had not modified by Sunday morning when he spoke with TF1’s Telefoot.
“There isn’t any excellent news this morning,” he mentioned. “Edinson has undergone exams and there will likely be extra checks right here on the coaching centre. My feeling is that it will likely be very troublesome for him to characteristic in Manchester.
“In any case, we should wait a bit extra because the exams are nonetheless ongoing. The membership will talk on this a bit later. I believe that the information won’t be excellent. I nonetheless have slightly hope, however the first checks weren’t good.
“I’m frightened, however solely as a result of we’re lacking key gamers. In matches like these, decisive Champions League video games, you completely want your key males as they’re skilled in dealing with stress in matches like this one.”
On Saturday, Tuchel acknowledged that accidents to Cavani, Marco Verratti and Neymar over current weeks have compelled him to maneuver from “Plan B to Plan D!”
With Edinson Cavani choosing up an damage in opposition to Bordeaux, the FC panel look at how PSG would line up if he is dominated out in opposition to Manchester United.
Cavani is joined by Meunier in lacking the Outdated Trafford leg after neurological checks revealed mild concussion after a heavy collision with Bordeaux’s Francois Kamano throughout Saturday’s encounter and PSG added that the Belgium worldwide will likely be unavailable till no less than the tip of subsequent week.
“Thomas’ neurological examination confirmed a lightweight concussion,” learn the assertion. “He will likely be unavailable till his subsequent neurological session on the finish of the week.”
Earlier than the Cavani and Meunier accidents, Tuchel already knew that he could be with out Neymar after he was dominated out for over two months with a second fractured fifth metatarsal in his proper foot in as a few years.
Some excellent news for Tuchel, although, is that midfielder Marco Verratti has received his race to be match after overcoming a sprained ankle and a thigh challenge to play for an hour in opposition to Bordeaux to show his health forward of Outdated Trafford.
PSG may have Meunier again for the return leg in opposition to United in March, however Neymar has already been dominated out of that one too, and medical sources have indicated to ESPN FC that Cavani is already dealing with a battle to prepared for the Parc des Princes leg.