Both Javier Pastore and Marco Verratti have been struggling with injuries in recent weeks, and both appeared to be destined to miss out on this week’s Champions League quarter-final second leg, the former with a calf problem and the latter with a sports hernia.
Speaking after PSG’s victory over Guingamp at the weekend, coach Laurent Blanc even admitted that it would take a miracle for exquisite deep-lying playmaker Verratti to feature against City.
However, according to the club’s official website—as per Goal—PSG have included both players in their squad to face the Citizens, raising the suggestion that Blanc hadn’t been totally honest about the extent of their injury concerns.
The tie is finely poised after a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes in the first leg, as Fernandinho’s 72nd-minute equaliser gave City a major boost in their bid to reach the semi-finals for the first time.
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