Di Maria to miss PSG’s Champions League first-leg tie with Barcelona through injury

The Argentine winger limped off in the early stages of the 2-0 victory over Marseille at the weekend, and is now set for a spell on the sidelines

Angel Di Maria will miss Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League round-of-16 first-leg tie with Barcelona later this month through injury.

Di Maria was forced to come off during PSG’s 2-0 win over Marseille on Sunday after just 11 minutes with a muscle issue, moments after providing the assist for Kylian Mbappe’s opening goal.

Mauricio Pochettino has now confirmed that the injury is serious enough to keep the 32-year-old out of the club’s crucial European showdown against Barca on February 16.

What was said?

When asked if Di Maria will be unavailable for the trip to Camp Nou, the PSG head coach told a press conference on Tuesday: “Yes, it’s over for Angel Di Maria [to play against Barcelona].

“We will communicate again in a week to see where we are.”

Pochettino went onto insist that the winger’s absence won’t change how he sets his team up against the Blaugrana, adding: “Not having Angel doesn’t give us any reason to vary or move away from our main tactics. The best solution will undoubtedly be found.

“We will move forward, day by day, with respect to the decisions that we are going to make. It’s not a question of choice number one or choice number two. You have to find the best combinations, the best moves in relation to the opponent. We have to find the best game plan for each game.”

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