Paris Saint-Germain have suffered another major injury blow in Edinson Cavani ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Manchester United in the Champions League.
Shortly after scoring the match-winner through a penalty in PSG’s 1-0 win over Bordeaux on Saturday, Cavani was forced off with a hip problem and replaced by Kylian Mbappe.
Cavani’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for PSG with Brazilian forward Neymar out with a foot injury again and Belgian midfielder Thomas Meunier is a doubt for Tuesday after suffering a concussion against Bordeaux.
Now PSG have confirmed Cavani’s hip injury and refused to state whether or not he will be available for selection against United on Tuesday in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
“The examinations carried out revealed a lesion of a tendon on the right hip,” read a statement on the club website.
“The treatment and the duration of unavailability will depend on the recovery in the coming days.”
Speaking on Sunday morning, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel admitted things are not looking good for Cavani.
“We don’t have good news for Edi. My feeling is that it will be very difficult for him to play,” Tuchel told TF1.
“The club will wait a little longer, but in my opinion, the news will not be good. Hope is very, very small.”
On the bright side, however, PSG were unexpectedly able to welcome back Italian midfielder Marco Verratti for Saturday’s Ligue 1 match.
After a three-week absence, Verratti managed to play for 60 minutes and may be called up to the starting line-up on Tuesday again due to PSG’s current injury crisis.
“Obviously, we are very happy Marco is back with us,” Tuchel added.
“He brings quality, as we could see today. After he left the pitch, it was more difficult for us to control the game.
“Normally, it’s very difficult to play so soon when you have been injured as Marco has. It was his first game since his injury.
“He played 60 minutes, I don’t know if it’s possible for him to play again at Old Trafford against Manchester United only three days later.
“But, in our situation, it’s may be necessary to try to make him play. We have to decide tomorrow [Sunday] about that. We have to wait for Marco’s opinion.
“But, obviously I already know Marco’s opinion. If I ask him if he can play [he will want to play] … But we have to wait for the doctor’s opinion to see if it’s possible or not.”
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 10, 2019