March 5, 2019 / 7:06 PM / in 2 months

PSG's Cavani faces late fitness test for United clash

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs Stade Rennes - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - January 27, 2019 Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - Edinson Cavani faces a late fitness test ahead of Paris St Germain’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Manchester United at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night, coach Thomas Tuchel said.

The Uruguay striker, who picked up a thigh injury last month and missed his club’s 2-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford, has taken part in the last two training sessions.

“He took part in the last two training sessions in full, but we are going to wait until tomorrow,” Tuchel told a news conference on Tuesday.

“We have decided to wait and make a decision on his participation in the game tomorrow.”

Tuchel’s counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said scoring the first goal would be crucial for United to overturn the deficit — a scenario that Tuchel did not rule out.

“Our goal will also be to score the first goal,” he said with a smile.

“But we have to play with calm and confidence, be aggressive and compact. We also have to be careful but not scared.

“They might score first, but we have to be ready to react if that happens.”

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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