Chelsea travel to Paris for their crucial Champions League round of 16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain and Jose Mourinho’s side have been handed a massive advantage as PSG might miss as many as 5 key players due to injuries.
PSG suffered a horrific night as Laurent Blanc saw French midfielders Blaise Matuidi Yohan Cabaye, Brazilian defender Marquinhos, Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier and Brazilian playmaker Lucas leave the match due to injuries.
PSG had to end the game with 9 men as Lucas and Aurier suffered late injuries. These injuries cost PSG a vital win on the night as well. French champions were leading 2-0 but amid injuries, had to be content with a 2-2 draw.
These injuries have put PSG in a worrying situation as they get ready to host the Premier League leaders Chelsea in the 1st leg of their round of 16 clash in the Champions League. In his post-match interview PSG manager Laurent Blanc was discussing the injury situation for his side.
Blanc said: “I’m no doctor but, concerning Cabaye and Lucas, it’s a muscle injury. For Marquinhos, it’s the hamstring. For Aurier, the quadriceps,” explained Laurent Blanc.
“They all are muscle injuries. I need to see the seriousness of it all but, for Tuesday’s game, it’s going to be very, very difficult to have them back.”
Blanc had some good news concerning Blaise Matuidi, who was taken off due to a knock on his knee. Blanc assured PSG fans and said:
“It’s more a knock so it’s not as worrying. I substituted Blaise to be safe,”
Unfortunately for the PSG fans, injury list does not end there. Key attacker Javier Pastore and ever so dependable Maxwell are also fighting a battle against time to be fit for Chelsea’s visit to Parc des Princes.
PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic described the his team’s injury situation as unlucky. Ibra said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. We were very unlucky. We’ll see what happens on Tuesday.”
Quotes Credits: ESPN