Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria to miss first leg of last-16 encounter against Barcelona

Di Maria suffered a thigh injury during the 2-0 Ligue 1 win against Marseille on Sunday and 'he will not be at the Camp Nou' for the game on 16 February, Pochettino said.

Agence France-Presse February 09, 2021 21:01:03 IST
Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria to miss first leg of last-16 encounter against Barcelona

File image of Angel di Maria. Reuters file photo

Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria will miss the first leg of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League last 16 match at Barcelona, coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday.

Di Maria suffered a thigh injury during the 2-0 Ligue 1 win against Marseille on Sunday and "he will not be at the Camp Nou" for the game on 16 February, Pochettino said.

"Angel is an important player for us but we have a big squad with players who can win matches for us," the coach added.

Di Maria, the 32-year-old former Manchester United winger, has been ever-present in the PSG lineup since Pochettino joined the club in December, lining up alongside Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi in a high-powered attack.

Despite the bad news about Di Maria, last year's Champions League finalists hope to be able to select first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who is expected to return from a groin injury to resume training later this week.

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