Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that midfielder Marco Verratti was unable to make a comeback from a sprained ankle issue uring the PSG’s 3-0 Coupe de France Round-of-16 win over Villefranche-Beaujolais in Lyon on Wednesday because of a new injury problem.
The Ligue 1 champions suffered a scare against semi-professional, third-tier side Villefranche-Beaujolais, only for goals in extra-time from Julian Draxler, Moussa Diaby and Edinson Cavani to help them eventually win the game.
However, the real worry remains on the fitness of key midfielder Verratti, who is facing a race against time in order to be fit for their round of 16 clash against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Marco Verratti wasn’t able to finish PSG’s training session on Tuesday and has a new problem #mulive [le parisien]
— utdreport (@utdreport) February 6, 2019
“Marco was unable to finish training on Tuesday. He had problems and I have to wait until Thursday to be able to take a decision over playing him against Bordeaux. Marco’s new issue is something else (not the same ankle), but I do not really know much more,” he said as quoted by ESPN.
The French giants who have a 10-point lead at the top of the table despite playing two games lesser than second-placed Lillee, will host Bordeaux on Saturday before travelling to Old Trafford to play United on the 12th of February,