Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Manchester United will have almost a fully fit squad available for Tuesday night’s big Champions League clash with Paris St-Germain.
Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian missed Saturday’s 3-0 win at Fulham, before which Solskjaer said the defensive pair had
“niggles” which could keep them out
“for a couple of weeks”.
The full-backs also did not appear during the 15 minutes of Monday morning’s training session which was open to the media.
WE ARE PREPARED FOR PSG!GALLERY
The Reds have taken to the training pitch before Tuesday’s Champions League fixture.
Speaking exclusively to MUTV before his pre-match press conference, Ole gave an update on the injury situation ahead of the French champions’ visit to Old Trafford for the first leg of the last-16 tie.
“We’re missing Antonio [Valencia] and Matteo [Darmian] – they’re the two that are not available,” the Norwegian told Stewart Gardner.
“It’s a big, strong and healthy squad which is always [good] when the big games come up – many to pick from.”
Valencia has not played since the 2-0 win at Newcastle on 2 January, while Darmian hasn’t featured since appearing as a late substitute in our 2-1 win over Brighton on 19 January.
HOW ARE PSG SHAPING UP?
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel admitted it would be
“very difficult” for Edinson Cavani to feature on Tuesday night after the Uruguayan striker was withdrawn through injury at half-time on Saturday, after scoring the penalty which proved decisive in their 1-0 victory over Bordeaux in Ligue 1.
The French outfit were already missing the services of star Brazilian playmaker Neymar, who has been ruled out due to a metatarsal issue.
However, there was some positive news for PSG at the weekend as Italian midfielder Marco Verratti played just under an hour after returning to the starting XI against Bordeaux after several weeks out with ankle trouble.
We could learn more about how the French side may line up for tomorrow’s game when Tuchel speaks to the media at Old Trafford from around 17:45 GMT today.