PSG boss Tuchel anxious about Verratti ahead of Man Utd clash

PSG boss Tuchel anxious about Verratti ahead of Man Utd clash

PSG boss Tuchel anxious about Verratti ahead of Man Utd clash

French daily newspaper Le Parisien (via Sport Witness) claims that there is a "big worry" that Verratti will not be available for Thomas Tuchel's side when European football returns next week.

However, the French champions lost striker Edinson Cavani through injury ahead of their UEFA Champions League trip to Manchester United.

PSG are 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with two games in hand over second-placed Lille ahead of Saturday's Ligue 1 home game against Bordeaux.

There was some good news for PSG as midfielder Marco Verratti returned to the line-up after recovering from an ankle injury. "I honestly don't know (if Cavani will play)", Tuchel earlier told broadcaster Canal Plus. Tuchel needs Verratti against a United midfield featuring the in-form Paul Pogba, but the 58 minutes he played may not have been enough to restore his sharpness and rhythm.

The English side beat Fulham 3-0 on Saturday in the English Premier League (EPL).

In two games without their injured star, PSG crushed Rennes 4-1 before losing their first Ligue 1 match of the season to Lyon with a 2-1 scoreline on Sunday.

Cavani broke the deadlock with a penalty kick for his 17th goal in 16 league games this season after Thomas Meunier had been fouled in the area.

"We await the final session and I hope that they will both be able to play versus Bordeaux. We don't have another Edi like we don't have another Neymar", Tuchel added.

The French global had been expected to be rested ahead of Tuesday's clash.

As a result, Mbappe started on the bench while Angel di Maria, Marquinhos, Juan Bernat, Thilo Kehrer and Julian Draxler - all probable starters in midweek - were left out of the squad completely.

Cavani and Moussa Diaby came close for the home side in the first half-hour, either side of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting being denied by a terrific save from Bordeaux 'keeper Benoit Costil.

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