The Argentine player of PSG Ángel Di María He will not be able to play the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Barcelona on Tuesday 16 due to the injury he suffered last weekend, said his coach, Mauricio Pochettino.
“In a week the club will communicate the steps to follow with Ángel, that indicates that he will not be able to be against Barcelona,” said the Argentine coach at the press conference prior to the French Cup match that they will play this Wednesday against Caen.
The former Real Madrid player left the pitch of the Velodrome stadium in Marseille last Sunday in the french classic that his team played at the Velodrome against Olympique Marseille.
Di María felt a puncture in his right thigh, requested the change in the 11th minute and was substituted by the Spanish Pablo Sarabia. Two before, the Argentine had assisted Kylian Mbappe to beat Steve Mandanda, open the scoring and put the Parisian team ahead.
This is a huge loss for the French capital club and for Pochettino, who had made his compatriot one of his favorite players since landing in Paris earlier this year.
The player underwent various tests that seem to have shown that he will not be recovered for the crucial visit to Camp Nou.
Pochettino considered the loss important, but pointed out that the PSG squad has elements to replace him.
“We don’t have to change the main idea of the game. It is clear that Ángel has played a lot and is important to us, but we have a long squad, we have players who can perform and win games. That is the goal,” he said.
PSG have two games ahead of them before taking on Barcelona, the Cup match against Caen and the league match next Saturday against Nice in the Parc des Princes.
But Pochettino denied that he is going to use those two duels to prepare the confrontation against Barcelona.
“We do not take the competition matches to rehearse. Tomorrow we will compete in the best possible way to win and then we will think about the league match,” he said.
The left-hander from Rosario, who will turn 33 next Sunday, was going through a great moment of form in recent weeks.
Pochettino was able to recover the Argentine Mauro Icardi, who seems to have overcome an injury, so he will be able to play at the top alongside the Brazilian Neymar and the French Kylian Mbappé.
Di Maria’s place in the playmaking zone could be filled by Italian Marco Verratti.