Edinson Cavani Out vs. Caen, Doubtful vs. Manchester United with Injury

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2019

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 9 : Edinson Cavani of PSG during the french Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Girondins de Bordeaux at Parc des Princes on February 9, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Edinson Cavani will miss Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 trip to Caen on Saturday and could be absent for their UEFA Champions League tie against Manchester United, according to manager Thomas Tuchel.

The German offered an update on the Uruguayan on Friday, per ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson:

Cavani has been out of action since February 9 with a muscle injury.

The striker's absence has coincided with a metatarsal injury to Neymar, but despite missing the pair, PSG have continued to pick up results.

They have won each of the five matches Cavani has missed, scoring 14 goals in the process and conceding just once.

That included a 2-0 win over United at Old Trafford in the first leg of their last-16 tie, during which Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria made up for Cavani and Neymar's absences.

It seems they may need to do so again when United visit the Parc des Princes for the return leg on Wednesday, but the Red Devils have injury problems of their own:

Cavani has 22 goals in 26 matches in all competitions this season, so PSG would prefer to have him in their lineup against United, but with the scoreline in their favour and their opponents likely to be missing several first-team players, they have a good chance of progressing without him.

As for Caen, they should pose relatively little threat given they are 18th in Ligue 1 and haven't won in that competition since December.

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