Injured Javier Pastore, Thiago Motta will not feature for PSG vs. Nice

Injured Javier Pastore, Thiago Motta will not feature for PSG vs. Nice
From ESPN - March 17, 2018

PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain will be without Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta in addition to Neymar when they take on Nice at Allianz Riviera on Sunday.

In an effort to capture the attention of the Asian market, Ligue 1 is hosting a 1 p.m. local start for the first time.

However, the idea took a big hit when PSG lost Neymar to a broken foot that required surgery, and he is rehabilitating the injury in his native Brazil.

On top of Neymar's absence, PSG are without Pastore and Motta in the 18-man squad and a few youngsters have also been left at home.

Pastore, who has struggled to stay free of injury all season, has stayed in Paris to train as he battles with persistent calf issues, and Motta is suspended after a straight red card in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Angers at Parc des Princes.

Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Marco Verratti are all present as Emery has gone for as strong a squad as possible.

Timothy Weah, the 18-year-old American, has been left out completely after being in the squad for the past three games.

He was brought on as a substitute in the wins against Troyes and Metz and is widely expected to be named in the United States' senior squad for a friendly against Paraguay later this month.


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