MOTTA RULED OUT, DI MARIA TO BE ASSESSED LATER BY PSG
Paris Saint-Germain will make a late call on Angel Di Maria for Wednesday’s last-16 Champions League match at Barcelona but experienced midfielder Thiago Motta misses out with a calf problem.
Unai Emery’s men hold a handsome 4-0 advantage heading into the return fixture at Camp Nou following an emphatic triumph on home turf last month.
Di Maria netted a stunning brace before being substituted after an hour with a muscular problem and the Argentina star has only made one appearance since – a second-half cameo during the 5-1 Ligue 1 thrashing of Marseille.
Motta was not involved in the initial game at Parc des Princes, as Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot reduced Barca’s celebrated midfield to rubble, and the Italy international will not be available to play a containing role if Luis Enrique’s men gain a foothold in the tie.
“Thiago Motta will not play,” Emery told a pre-match news conference.
“For the others we’ll see whether those who are doubtful are able to play tomorrow.”
Di Maria comes into the latter category and Emery added: “We need our players to be at 100 per cent, or close to it, for this game.
“All the players want to play this game and maybe the players who are doubtful won’t feel they’re doubtful after training!”