Paris Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed that key midfielder Marco Verratti suffered a fresh injury in training, placing the Italian’s chances of facing Manchester United next week in doubt.
The two sides meet at Old Trafford on February 12 in a hotly anticipated meeting, with the return leg in Paris taking place on March 6.
Verratti, a key player for PSG, returned to training this week after recovering from a sprained ankle sustained last month.
But Tuchel confirmed on Wednesday that the 26-year-old had encountered a fresh injury and could not finish training.
“Marco Verratti could not finish training yesterday [Tuesday]. He had problems,” he said.
PSG are notably weaker without Verratti. Against Lyon, in his absence, the central defender Marquinhos was used in defensive midfield, charged with ensuring balance and stability. He failed.
Lyon were able to shift the ball quickly enough to penetrate areas in behind left by the Brazilian, whose understanding of the subtleties of defensive midfield does not come close to Verratti.
With both Neymar and Verratti missing at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players will know PSG have a fleshy underbelly capable of being exploited.