Sunday, May 16, 2021

Verratti, Marquinhos doubtful for PSG, Bayern clash

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Paris Saint-Germain may go into today’s Champions League quarter-final second leg match at home to Bayern Munich without two of their most important players.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino claims that captain Marquinhos and playmaker Marco Verratti are unlikely to be fit enough to start.

Marquinhos scored PSG’s second goal, 28 minutes into their 3-2 win in Munich in the first leg last week but came off moments later with a thigh injury and did not play in Ligue 1 at the weekend.

Meanwhile Verratti missed the first leg after testing positive for Covid-19 following his return from Italy duty alongside Alessandro Florenzi.

Verratti has missed PSG’s last three matches.

PSG is hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened against Barcelona in the last round, when they won 4-1 away in the first leg but wobbled in the return at the Parc des Princes before drawing 1-1 and progressing.

The winners will face Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals.