Injury-hit PSG dare Chelsea

u  Ibrahimovic - PSG star strikerYOHAN Cabaye, Marquinhos, Serge Aurier and Lucas have all been ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Chelsea tonight through injury.

All four players were forced off in Saturday’s Ligue 1 clash with Caen at the Parc des Princes, while Blaise Matuidi also picked up a minor knock to his knee as the French titleholders finished with just nine men on the field.

Midfielder Cabaye had to be taken off just 16 minutes in with a suspected groin strain, while centre-half Marquinhos was replaced by David Luiz during the interval due to a thigh problem.

Matuidi made way for Gregory van der Wiel midway through the second half as the hosts made their final substitution, before both Aurier and Lucas were forced off with muscular problems in the closing stages.

PSG were leading 2-0 when they were reduced to nine men, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi both having netted in the first half, but they capitulated in the closing stages, with Emiliano Sala and Herve Bazile snatching an unlikely point for Caen, which scuppered the home side’s hopes of usurping Olympique Lyonnais at the top of Ligue 1.

“It’s a very hard scenario to accept, especially in terms of the score and the injured players. During that game, apart from the first 20 minutes, we were in trouble, all the time because of these injuries.”

The injuries represent a massive blow for Blanc, who was already sweating on the fitness of attacking midfielder Javier Pastore ahead of the visit of Chelsea.

However, the PSG boss is hoping that adversity will bring the best out of his side.

“Psychologically, what happened today will play a part [in the Chelsea game] but we just had a lot of bad luck,” he added.

“So, perhaps this [scenario] will motivate us. We have also seen how the public got behind us today and that’s very important. So, we can take some positives out of the situation.

“Against Chelsea, we may be weakened, but what is certain is that we will play boldly, even if we do have fewer options because of the injuries.”

Goal.com

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