PSG key midfielder Veratti in doubt for United clash
- Marco Veratti has suffered a sprained left ankle injury that puts his participation in the game against United in doubt.
- The Italian has been key for Les Parisiens' midfield for the past seasons.
As Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed, Les Parisiens star midfielder Marco Verratti has suffered a sprained left ankle injury in the Saturday's 9-0 win over Guingamp at Parc des Princes. The Ligue 1 champions have not yet set a potential return time for the Italian, however, manager Thomas Tuchel has reluctantly admitted the issue is a "serious" one.
A club statement read: "Marco Verratti's MRI scan conducted after the match against Guingamp confirmed a twisted left ankle without any further damage. The evolution of the injury over the coming days, with treatment and further examinations, will allow the club to establish how long the player will need to fully recover."
A concerning sight for PSG fans: Marco Verratti has come off in some discomfort with an ankle injury.— DAZN CA (@DAZN_CA) January 19, 2019
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Thus, the injury puts the 26-year-old participation in the first leg of PSG's Champions League Round of 16 clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on February 12 in huge doubt.
Veratti has been regarded as one of the world's best holding midfielders in the past couple of seasons. The Italian's abilities to defend and to control the game are believed to be equally great. This term, Marco has started in 5 games for PSG in the Champions League and missed one against Liverpool due to a suspension, which highlights his importance for the French outfit.