Tuchel provides injury update on Neymar ahead of Man United clash

Ross Houston
October 17, 2020

Paris St Germain left it late to wrap up a 4-0 win at 10-man Nimes with Kylian Mbappe scoring twice as the French champions moved top of the Ligue 1 standings last night ahead of their Champions League opener against Manchester United.

But despite United's woeful start to the season, they have been handed a lifeline by PSG, who will be without several key players due to injury, coronavirus and travel-induced fatigue.

Marquinhos, Layvin Kurzawa and Angel Di Maria were suspended, Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler came back injured from global duty, and Mauro Icardi injured his knee in training.

Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera tested positive for Covid-19 and is in solitary confinement while new loan signing Danilo Pereira is a "contact case", having been in the Portugal squad alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who has tested positive, and will miss the match against Nimes.

However, Rafinha is available following his arrival from Barcelona. "We talked together, like I did with Kylian", the PSG coach said.

"I know he'll be able to adapt quickly and of course he'll be able to play".

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Capped 15 times by France, Ben Arfa has blown hot and cold throughout his career: a fabulous talent as a youngster at Lyon, he showed flashes of genius in England with Newcastle United and had a wonderful year at Nice in 2015/16.

The Ligue 1 side could be without up to eight players for the game in Paris with Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler and Marquinhos all out injured while the club have also been affected by coronavirus.

Still, Manchester United will undoubtedly be keeping an eye on the situation, with Paredes potential exclusion sure to determine how they approach the game.

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