PSG hands big boost to Manchester United ahead of Champions League clash

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The Uruguay striker left the pitch on the stroke of halftime holding his thigh, soon after scoring with a penalty in the 42nd minute.

United have been handed a huge boost ahead of their crunch European tie with PSG, with talisman Edinson Cavani set to sit out through injury.

Edinson Cavani may miss the first leg of Paris St-Germain's Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester United.

"I don't have good news".

The Champions League last-16 tie is so deliciously hard to call that Blanc, a former United defender and PSG coach, looks nearly physically pained when pushed to pick a victor. "I'm anxious because we are missing key players". Yes, it is worrying. "Yes, there has been a lot of bad luck - we do not have a second Edi, or Neymar".

"We will have to wait another night and day to have a clearer idea and get more tests done".

He was in attendance at Saturday's game, which saw Marco Verratti make his return to action after three weeks out with an ankle injury. We have to play a big match. Without Ney [Neymar], maybe without Marco, maybe without Edi [Cavani], now we need a plan D. My feeling is that it will be very hard for him to play, ' said manager Thomas Tuchel after the tie. That match is just two days away, but it will be important to see if he is at training leading up to the game.

The trio have smashed an incredible 48 goals in the French top flight this season, as the Parisians have opened up a 13-point lead at the Ligue 1 summit.

Such is their margin for error domestically that Tuchel could afford to wrap a host of key players in cotton wool with the Champions League in mind.

"Verratti can play and will play", said the German coach.

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