Sun | May 19, 2019

Cavani to miss PSG-United clash

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 12:22 AM
Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani writhes in agony after damaging a tendon in his right hip during their Ligue 1 game against Bordeaux on Saturday.

PARIS (AP):

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani will miss the UEFA Champions League match against Manchester United tomorrow after damaging a tendon in his right hip.

Cavani sustained the injury scoring a penalty late in the first half of PSG’s 1-0 win against Bordeaux on Saturday. He limped off the field before the half-time whistle.

PSG said Cavani’s length of absence and treatment will be assessed in the next few days. PSG face United in the return leg of their last-16 match on March 6, with some French media reporting that Cavani will be out for one month.

Cavani is PSG’s all-time leading scorer with 192 goals, including 22 this season. His absence is another major blow for PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, with Neymar out for another two months because of a right foot injury.

PSG’s injury list grew further with right back Thomas Meunier also ruled out of tomorrow’s game with a mild concussion. He clashed heads with Bordeaux’s François Kamano when they contested a header on Saturday.

PSG said that Meunier must observe a period of rest until his next consultation with a neurologist at the end of the week.

PSG also go to United with doubts over whether key midfielder Marco Verratti should start the game, having played barely one hour against Bordeaux after recovering from a sprained ankle.

By contrast, United are looking strong under unbeaten new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with no major injuries.