Vincent Kompany ruled out for Man City, Marco Verratti in PSG squad

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will not
feature in Tuesday’s Champions League meeting
with Paris Saint-German despite training on
Monday, while Marco Verratti has been named in
the PSG squad for the match at the Etihad
Stadium.
City host PSG on Tuesday in the second leg of
their Champions League quarterfinal after the two
sides played out a 2-2 draw at the Parc des
Princes last week.
Kompany has been absent for Manuel Pellegrini’s
side after picking up a calf injury in the opening
minutes of their goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev
on March 15.
The Belgium international trained with the rest of
the squad, giving hope that he could could return
to the team for this week’s meeting with PSG as
City look to book their place in the semfinals.
However, City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed
in his prematch news conference after training that
the 30-year-old will not take part, but Nicolas
Otamendi should be fit despite being absent from
the morning session.
Raheem Sterling also missed Monday’s session,
but David Silva took part after not playing any part
in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Brom.
Pellegrini said: “There is no Samir Nasri because
he is not in the list, Sterling continues [his] injury
so he is not in the list and the last one is Vincent
Kompany that is not 100 percent. That is not
possible.
“Nico twisted his ankle in the last game. He has
some pain but it is not dangerous. He is OK.
“Of course I’m absolutely confident because with
this defence we played a lot of games here in the
Premier League and in the Champions League and
if we are in this stage it is because we have good
defenders.
“I think the most important aspect of this team is
always to score. We are working here for three
years and I always have the same answer. We are
a team that is prepared to score goals. If we
prepare to play 0-0 I think we lose. You see the
same team you see the last two and a half
seasons.”
Yaya Toure missed the first leg in Paris but
returned as a second-half substitute against West
Brom. There was speculation in the Sunday Mirror
that the Ivorian is set to leave at the end of the
season but Pellegrini says he is totally focused on
Tuesday’s tie.
He added: “Yaya is feeling very well without any
problems. He is focused on these games this
season.
“At the end of the season we will see his future. At
the moment he is just thinking about the game we
play tomorrow and the six more in the Premier
League.”
City defender Bacary Sagna added at the news
conference: “Vincent is our captain and a quality
player. [Eliquim] Mangala has been strong in recent
games so with or without him we have a good
team.”
PSG, meanwhile, have been boosted by Verratti
being named in the squad for the trip to
Manchester.
Verratti has been struggling with a groin problem,
and his coach Laurent Blanc is already without
suspended duo Blaise Matuidi and David Luiz.
ESPN FC’s Manchester City
correspondent Jonathan Smith contributed to this
report.
Source: ESPN

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