PSG winger Di Maria doubtful for Champions League match at Barcelona

PSG winger Di Maria doubtful for Champions League match at Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday that Angel Di Maria will likely miss out their Champions League fixture at Barcelona next week, due to its right thigh injury attained after the club’s 2-0 visit win over Marseille last weekend.

“His participation in the match against Barcelona is compromised,” Pochettino said in a news conference. “His absence isn’t a reason to change our ideas. We’ll find the best available solutions.”

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Pochettino spoke ahead of the team’s French Cup match on Wednesday against Caen in the Normandy region.

“Angel has played a lot and he’s an important player for us. But there are other players who can play and enable us to win matches,” the coach said.

“The club will provide another update on Di Maria before the Barcelona game,” Pochettino said.

Pochettino then insisted that the 32-year-old winger’s absence won’t change how he sets his team up against the Blaugrana, adding: “Not having Angel doesn’t give us any reason to vary or move away from our main tactics. The best solution will undoubtedly be found.

“We will move forward, day by day, with respect to the decisions that we are going to make. It’s not a question of choice number one or choice number two. You have to find the best combinations, the best moves in relation to the opponent. We have to find the best game plan for each game.”

PSG are bound first to face its Coupe de France football fixture visiting Caen, while Marco Verratti and Keylor Navas are undue to return with their respective injuries.

Pochetttino also revealed that Mauro Icardi remain doubtful after picking up a knock to his thigh, but Abdou Diallo is back to play football after a COVID-19 enforced spell on the sidelines.

Barcelona hosts PSG in the round-of-16 first leg next Tuesday.

Di Maria’s uncertain time frame being fit to play could miss him a Ligue 1 fixture with Nice on Saturday, wherein the French champions must win to stay within reach from current league leaders Lyon.

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