Group leaders Real Madrid and PSG meet in a mouth-watering match up in Paris as the Champions League enters round three.
The pair have won both their games to date with either yet to concede a goal. Real top the group by virtue of the fact that their 6 goals scored is just one more than the French rivals.
The Spanish side, currently top of La Liga, will be without Welsh winger Gareth Bale. The club have confirmed that the player suffered a calf injury in the weekend win over Levante.
“Following medical tests on Gareth Bale, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the soleus muscle of his left leg. His condition will be monitored,” a statement on Monday read.
Bale, with two goals and four assists to his name this season, missed the clash Malmo last time out and has already missed four matches this season through injury.
This latest setback however is not expected to keep him out for long with early reports in Spain indicating he will return this weekend against Celta Vigo.
Despite being without Bale, Real boast plenty of firepower, none more so than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward officially become the club’s all-time top scorer at the weekend and according to Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani the Spanish giants can “make you pay in seconds”
“It’s always special, it’s a great competition to be playing in, because you get to pit yourself against the very best, against clubs with great history,” Cavani told Marca.
“It’s always a great occasion when you face Real and we’re preparing for the match in the best way possible. One of the things that makes the best teams in the world the best is the fact that, across midfield and up top, they are capable of hurting you.
“It’s always an honour to play in games like this one, they have some outstanding players who are capable of making you pay in seconds.
“I think that you have to be switched on for the full 90 minutes against this sort of team, you’ve always got to be mindful of the opposition and their players.
“But I think that we too are a big club, we’re known the world over, and I’m sure that if we prepare for it right, just as we are doing, we can give any team plenty to think about and they’ll have to keep a close eye on our forward line.”
PSG could have Kevin Trapp available for the game while Real in addition to being without Bale are also set to monitor the fitness of Karim Benzema, Pepe and Dani Carjaval