Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

PSG hands big boost to Manchester United ahead of Champions League clash

PSG hands big boost to Manchester United ahead of Champions League clash

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

Losing Cavani, who is PSG's all-time leading scorer and has netted 22 times this season, would be another huge blow to the French champions ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last 16, first leg at Old Trafford.

PSG are already missing Neymar for the tie against a resurgent United, with the Brazilian not expected back from a metatarsal injury until early April.

Cavani was one of the few PSG stars to start the Ligue 1 clash at the Parc des Princes and he scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after Thomas Meunier had been fouled by Nicolas de Preville.

"No, I don't have good news for you", Tuchel told Canal +.


"There are a lot of plans B. Without Ney, maybe without Marco, maybe without Edi". But they will still feel the absence of Neymar and Cavani - if the latter can't play.

"It's super hard. If we miss several players the challenge will be even bigger. We do not have another Edi, we do not have another Neymar". "But we will be ready on Tuesday". We must wait. I didn't see him or talk to the doctor.

Asked if today's win was ideal preparation for facing PSG, he said: "Yes, I would have to say so because it's a tough place to come".

Verratti played for an hour on Saturday after three weeks out with an ankle injury, and Tuchel admitted he might have to risk the Italian due to their injury problems.

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