Paris St Germain coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed that the
club’s record scorer Edinson Cavani will miss Tuesday’s Champions League match
away to Manchester United.
Uruguay striker Cavani, who has scored 192 goals for PSG, sustained a hip muscle injury in Saturday 1-0 Ligue 1 victory over Girondins de Bordeaux adding to the sides injury woes ahead of the last-16 first leg.
PSG are already without Neymar, who was ruled out with a
foot injury, leaving the French side with only Kylian Mbappe as a world class
striking option. Fullback Thomas Meunier has also been ruled out.
“You cannot replace quality players like this, Neymar
is one of the key, key players in Europe and we miss him a lot and now we miss
a second key player with Edi,” Tuchel told reporters on Monday.
However, he did not expect the French league leaders to
change their style of play.
“We miss two key attacking players, but to change our
identity for that? … I don’t know if it’s the moment. We are PSG, we are used
to playing offensively and creating chances,” he said.
Tuchel added that it was wrong to expect Kylian Mbappe to
make up for the injured South American pair.
“It’s not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar,
and he can’t do all three things at the same time,” said Tuchel.
“I want us to play with courage, play as a team,
together, tight knit, fight, ready to suffer. And I think I don’t really want
to talk about the result but we want to score perhaps more than one
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