PSG with fitness and form worries ahead of Man Utd tie

first_imgUnited have been revitalised on a run of nine wins and a draw in 10 games since Jose Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed as his replacement. They are likely to be a fearsome proposition in next Tuesday’s first leg.Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s men are a massive 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with two games in hand on the teams below them as they prepare to welcome mid-table Bordeaux to the Parc des Princes, and are also through to the quarter-finals of the French Cup.However, they needed extra time to beat third-tier side Villefranche-sur-Saone 3-0 in the Cup on Wednesday, three days after seeing their unbeaten league record this season ended in a 2-1 defeat at Lyon.They were knocked out of the League Cup by struggling Guingamp in the quarter-finals last month, and since then Paris have lost Neymar to a metatarsal injury.The Brazilian is not expected back until early April, but the worries do not stop there.– Sweating over Verratti –Looking increasingly irritated of late, Tuchel admitted after the Cup tie in midweek that some of his squad had played too much football in recent weeks.Marco Verratti hasn’t played for three weeks, but PSG will need him at Old Trafford © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARSaturday’s match will be their ninth of 2019, and Tuchel has too small a squad to rest certain key players.“We lack dependable, top quality players,” said the German, offering an explanation for his side’s struggles against lesser opposition.“We cannot make the mistake of expecting too much from players like (Eric Maxim) Choupo-Moting, who have not played much.”PSG may be one of the richest clubs in the world, spending the two biggest transfer fees in football history to attract Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in 2017, but the Qatar-owned side have not invested enough in other parts of their squad.The midfield is the greatest concern, even if Argentine international Leandro Paredes made his full debut against Villefranche after signing from Zenit Saint Petersburg for 47 million euros ($54 million).Adrien Rabiot is still frozen out over his refusal to sign a new contract, while Marco Verratti has not featured in three weeks due to an ankle injury.He returned to training earlier this week, but it remains to be seen if he will be fit to face Bordeaux. There are few other options.“Verratti was unable to finish training (on Tuesday). He has had problems, and we need to wait to see if he can play against Bordeaux,” said Tuchel on Wednesday night.“He has a different problem now, but I don’t know too much.”Beating Bordeaux is more about boosting morale than it is about staying ahead in the title race, with Lille focused on holding on to second place as they go to bottom club Guingamp.Impressive in beating PSG, third-placed Lyon are building towards their Champions League tie with Barcelona on February 19. They go to Nice on Sunday.At the other end of the table, struggling Monaco are chasing a second straight league win as they visit Montpellier.FixturesFridayDijon v Marseille (10:45pm)SaturdayParis Saint-Germain v Bordeaux (7pm), Amiens v Caen, Strasbourg v Angers (both 10pm)SundayMontpellier v Monaco, Nantes v Nimes, Toulouse v Reims (all 5pm), Guingamp v Lille, Rennes v Saint-Etienne (both 7pm), Nice v Lyon (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar’s injury means there is more of an onus on Kylian Mbappe, but are Paris Saint-Germain’s real problems elsewhere? © AFP/File / JEFF PACHOUDPARIS, France, Feb 8 – Paris Saint-Germain’s meeting with Bordeaux on Saturday is their last chance to do some fine-tuning before next week’s showdown with Manchester United, but the Ligue 1 leaders have some major issues to contend with before heading to Old Trafford.PSG were the strong favourites when the draw for the Champions League last 16 was made, yet much has changed in the eight weeks since.last_img read more

Iqaluit student kicks off debate about whether everyone should stand during national

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsA student in Iqaluit has kicked off a debate about whether people in schools should stand while the national anthem is played.Then one day, Miles Brewster just stopped standing.“They didn’t explain what Orange Shirt Day meant,” he told APTN News. “They said ‘it’s Orange Shirt Day’ … ‘wear an orange shirt.’ But I felt like they didn’t explain enough – so I tried to make a statement.”[email protected]@kentdriscolllast_img

Alburys Ferry Service Donates 10400 to Abaco Pathfinders

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAbaco, The Bahamas, 23 Sept 2014 ( – Abaco Pathfinders ( was formed in 2001 and has generously awarded many Bahamian youths with a college education. Abaco Pathfinders‘ goal is to provide funds to enable deserving students from the Abaco islands to continue their education after high school. Albury’s Ferry Service is donating $10,400 to Abaco Pathfinders.Ferries go where people go… “The young adults represent the future of our island; they are our most valuable asset”, states Denis Knowles, manager of Albury’s Ferry Service “ we are proud to be part of a community which recognizes the heartbeat of our talented young people.”Abaco Pathfinders is a beneficial organization not only for students, but as a positive impact on the community. Businesses such as Albury’s Ferry Service are vital to the program’s success. Jim Blumberg founded Abaco Pathfinders in 2001 and his legacy is evident today— over 149 students have fulfilled their dream for higher education. With the support of sponsors, community and businesses, Pathfinders has been able to facilitate a path for those in need of help to attain their goals for higher education.“Our sponsors and donors are our best resource. We thank Albury’s Ferry, and deeply appreciate their support. They go over and above to help us and we are grateful” Leazona Bethell, Abaco Pathfinders OrganizationAlbury’s Ferry Service ( is a proud supporter of Abaco Pathfinders.Albury’s Ferry has been serving the Abaco community for 55 years. Bahamas Police say no one shot in Abaco murder investigation; body identified, Public asked to stop with ‘fake news’ Severe Weather Alert for Abaco from Bahamas Met Office Recommended for you BPL first assessment done, Abaco restoration bill to top $20 million and rebound may take months Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:abaco, abaco pathfinder, albury, bahamslast_img read more