Man Utd vs PSG: Four major first-team stars are feared out of the round-of-16 Champions League clash against Man Utd due to injury.
Manchester United have been in fine form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The side climbed to fourth position in the Premier League table with a win over Fulham last weekend. However, they await the result of the game between Chelsea and Manchester City to determine their final position at the end of the game-week.
PSG, however, have had a reversal of fortunes. After receiving a major blow in January with an injury to Neymar and Marco Verratti, the side is now dealing with two another major first-team absences.
The side remains at the top of the Ligue 1 with a comfortable 13-point gap over the second-placed LOSC but face another worrisome night in the Champions League without their superstars.
Man Utd vs PSG: Injury blow as four first-team stars feared out:
Marco Verratti picked up an injury last month during the game against Guingamp. While his availability is yet to be confirmed, initial reports suggest that the player will not be able to complete 90 minutes on the pitch when PSG take on Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Neymar was ruled out for 10 weeks in January after facing another metatarsal injury and is currently undergoing his recovery process.
Neymar, Cavani and Meunier ruled out of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg, with doubts lingering over Verratti’s fitness. I’m starting to think all managers who have scored in the CL final as a player have that black magic aura around them. First Zidane, now Solskjaer.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) February 10, 2019
This is the best possible chance we have to beat PSG and we have to absolutely take it. #MUFC
— Swarun (@Swarun15) February 10, 2019
However, PSG have now confirmed injuries to Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier as well.
The club confirmed on Sunday that the striker has sustained damage to a tendon in his hip. PSG’s manager Thomas Tuchel earlier stated that the possibility of Cavani’s participation in the game against Manchester United is low.
“There is no good news for Edi this morning,” he said. “In my opinion the news is not going to be very good. It will be very difficult for him to play.”
PSG released a statement on Cavani’s injury.
“The tests carried out have shown an injury in the right hip. The treatment and the amount of recovery time will depend on how he reacts over the next few days,” the statement read.
Meunier, meanwhile, has had a ‘light concussion’.
Breaking | Thomas Meunier also out for PSG’s fixture with Manchester United on Tuesday. Belgian is suffering from a light concussion & will be on rest for a week. (RMC)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) February 10, 2019
So PSG are missing Neymar, Cavani and Meunier for the United game?! WTF
— Lleyton McDonald 🇧🇼🇧🇼 (@LleytonMcD16) February 10, 2019
“Thomas Meunier’s neurological examination confirmed a light concussion,” PSG wrote on their website.
“Thomas will be unavailable until his next neurological consultation at the end of the week.”