Thomas Tuchel is worried Paris Saint-Germain will only have 11 players available for Friday’s Ligue 1 clash with Nîmes due to injuries, suspensions and coronavirus protocols.
The reigning French champions will be looking to pick up a fifth win in a row when they make the trip to Stade des Costières on their return to action after a two-week break.
However, Tuchel confirmed at his pre-match news conference on Thursday that a number of players are either definitely out of the match or are major doubts.
Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat and Mauro Icardi are injured, Ángel Di María and Layvin Kurzawa are suspended while Ander Herrera has contracted covid-19.
Meanwhile, new signing Danilo Pereira and Colin Dagba have been in close contact with players who have tested positive for coronavirus and must undergo another test on Thursday.
Neymar and Mbappé also doubtful
There are also question marks over the fitness of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé on the back of a stacked international fixture list, which is a cause for concern for Tuchel, especially with Manchester United to come in the Champions League next Tuesday.
“Draxler, Verratti and Marquinhos will not play against Nîmes and are doubtful to face Manchester [in the Champions League],” Tuchel said.
“Herrera has been infected with covid-19. Danilo has been in contact with Cristiano Ronaldo, so he cannot be with us.
“Dagba was also in contact with Maxence Caqueret with the Under-21s – we will see today if he is still negative on the test so that he returns