Why Paris Saint-Germain star is out of Champions League first leg against Manchester United and could miss return game too


The 31-year-old scored a 42nd-minute penalty against Bordeaux on Saturday, but was withdrawn with a thigh injury at half-time

Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani is out of tonight’s Champions League first-leg at Manchester United after picking up a thigh injury on Saturday.

The 31-year-old scored what proved to be the winner in the Ligue 1 game against Bordeaux but was withdrawn at half-time.

Edinson Cavani is likely to be out for the game against the Red Devils

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is already without Neymar and has ruled Cavani out too meaning Kylian Mbappe will have to lead the line for the Ligue 1 giants.

Asked about the injury blow, Tuchel said: “Would Man United miss Pogba or Rashford? Of course. Neymar is one of our best players and one of the best players in Europe. We will miss him a lot. And now Cavani is out.

“You can’t place all the burden on Kylian Mbappe. It’s not his job to replace Cavani and Ney.

“He has to be free to play his game. I want us to provide him with the right kind of support. He needs to play with a good mindset and to be positive. We are here to score, perhaps more than one.”

And according to RMC Sport journalist Loic Tanzi, Cavani could even miss the second leg in Paris on March 6.

On Twitter, Tanzi said: “It’s now a certainty. Cavani will not be there against Manchester United [tonight].

“According to the entourage of the player, the attacker suffers from a lesion in the right thigh. Uncertain even for the return [leg]. Race against time.”

This comes as a huge blow to Tuchel’s side, who will not have Brazilian Neymar available for either leg against United as he has a foot injury.

It adds the pressure on Mbappe, who came on for Cavani in the win over Bordeaux.

PSG’s attacking hopes are likely to rest on Mbappe on Tuesday

PSG’s attacking hopes are likely to rest on Mbappe on Tuesday

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