PSG Boss Thomas Tuchel Bemoans Injury Crisis Ahead of Crunch Champions League Clash Against Man United

Neymar Jr, Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappe
PSG are facing an injury crisis ahead of their clash with Manchester United | Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel has lamented Paris Saint-Germain's injury crisis ahead of next week's Champions League clash against Manchester United, and has claimed he may only have 11 players available for the contest.

PSG made it to the finals of the competition last season where they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich, and find themselves drawn into a tough group alongside United, RB Leipzig, and Istanbul Basaksehir this season.

Tuchel has claimed his 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 has also been affected by coronavirus.

"We have to take responsibility for Neymar and Kylian [Mbappe], who played almost 90 minutes yesterday, and the South Americans who have travelled a lot," said the PSG boss.

"Maybe we will only have 11, 12 or 13 players available. We have a bit of bad luck. Draxler and Marquinhos are doubtful for Manchester too. Colin Dagba had a positive [coronavirus test] with the U21s. In the event of a negative test, he can return to the group.

"Kehrer is injured for a few weeks. Bernat and Icardi are injured, Icardi, a week ago. It's the internal ligament in the knee, it's not too serious but he will miss Nimes and Manchester. Today we have Danilo back, but he has been in contact with Cristiano Ronaldo, so the medical staff wish he did not train with the group. Verratti was injured with Italy, and is in contact with our doctor now.

"We are missing too many players. It is the challenge now to find a starting XI able to win [against Nimes], because that is the best preparation for Manchester."

However, Tuchel will have former United midfielder Ander Herrera available after the Spaniard returned to training following a positive COVID-19 test.