Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain have suffered more injury problems with Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia joining Kylian Mbappe on the sidelines.
Despite PSG winning six of their opening seven games this season, Tuchel has suffered amid doubts over Neymar’s future and his ever-growing injury list that now includes Icardi and Sarabia.
The pair started in PSG’s stunning 3-0 Champions League win over Real Madrid on Wednesday. However, they now won’t make the squad for the Lyon trip.
Mbappe, meanwhile, continues to recover from the hamstring injury he sustained against Toulouse last month. While Cavani is still not ready for action due to muscle problems he picked up in the same fixture.
This will likely open the door for Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting to return to the line-up despite disappointing against Strasbourg last weekend. Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer will also remain sidelined.
On the bright side for Tuchel, though, he can recall Neymar into the team on Sunday. The Brazilian forward missed the Real thrashing due to suspension, but he did score the winner against Strasbourg.
“Mbappe is very close but his recovery is not finished,” Tuchel told reporters in a pre-match conference on Saturday.
“Pablo’s injury was bad luck as it happened when he took a shot.
“With Mauro, we already took risks to start him against Real Madrid. The problem is that each injury has consequences for another player.”
While the losses of Icardi and Sarabia are indeed a big blow, PSG will undoubtedly still be on a bit of a high after brushing aside 13-time European champions Real with ease mid-week.
But Tuchel hopes his players don’t get too carried away with their victory, and instead challenged them for a repeat in Lyon.
“It helps the atmosphere,” added the PSG boss.
“The challenge is to do it again. We are confident, but we have to show our quality again and again.
“Pressure is always there, it’s normal at a big club like PSG.
“It was very demanding physically and mentally to play Real Madrid at home in the Champions League.
“It was necessary to recover and enjoy the win, and now we have to refocus. It’s a big challenge.”
The Lyon and PSG clash starts at 21:00 (CET).