Edinson Cavani will sit out the first leg of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League encounter with Manchester United, French sports daily L'Equipe and the daily Parisien newspaper reported on Sunday, while club coach Thomas Tuchel described his participation as highly unlikely.
"It's super hard. If we miss several players the challenge will be even bigger. We always hope but the first exams are not good".
Edinson Cavani scored Paris St-Germain's victor against Bordeaux before going off injured to make him a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Manchester United.
"No [we are not favourites], I think we are tied, it's 50/50."
"If he comes off, obviously I am anxious".
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. Without "Ney", maybe without Marco, maybe without "Edi". We do not have a second Edi, nor a second Neymar.
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The tournament MVP, of course, was Fultz, who was at his do-everything best as the squad's lead guard. He is athletic enough to be an elite defensive guard; his ceiling remains very high.
It's a potentially big blow for the French team but also a boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United. It is necessary to have these backup ideas in mind and I can think of several in advance. "They need to know how to control and handle the pressure, but without two or three of them, it is up to us to come up with solutions".
The was some good news for PSG as midfielder Marco Verratti returned to the line-up after recovering from an ankle injury.
"Verratti can play and will play", said the German coach.
Can PSG overcome Manchester United on Tuesday night, despite the absence of Neymar and Cavani?
It maintained their incredible run under caretaker boss Solskjaer with the Norwegian presiding over ten wins in his eleven games in charge.