PSG with fitness and form worries ahead of Man Utd tie

Paris Saint-Germain's German midfielder Julian Draxler and Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes talk with the referee next to Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Christopher Nkunku during their French

Paris Saint-Germain's German midfielder Julian Draxler and Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes talk with the referee next to Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Christopher Nkunku during their French

The first leg of their Champions League encounter against United is on Tuesday evening.

Tuchel spoke with an air of resignation after a tiresome encounter in which PSG extended its lead in the French league to 13 points over second-place Lille.

That was a boost to PSG, who are set to be without Neymar until April, ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United beginning next week.

Tuchel said a 2-1 loss at Lyon in Ligue 1 and the need for extra time against third-tier Villefranche Beaujolais in the Coupe de France had not been ideal preparation, but urged his players to remain positive.

They were knocked out of the League Cup by struggling Guingamp in the quarter-finals last month, and since then Paris have lost Neymar to a metatarsal injury.

The German admitted his focus was on the midweek trip to Manchester. "We are together, and we can show our quality against Bordeaux".

"Maybe some of the players who have not played too much will play". The squad knows how to do one thing after another.

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Verratti played nearly an hour before being substituted by Leandro Paredes.

French daily newspaper Le Parisien (via Sport Witness) claims that there is a "big worry" that Verratti will not be available for Thomas Tuchel's side when European football returns next week.

He returned to training earlier this week, but it remains to be seen if he will be fit to face Bordeaux.

Tuchel said: "Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa both trained without problems".

"It's very hard to play when you've been injured like Marco", PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said.

At the other end of the table, struggling Monaco are chasing a second straight league win as they visit Montpellier.

PSG will again be without the services of Neymar as the Brazilian recovers from the foot injury which has sidelined him since January 23.

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