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PSG lose skipper Silva for Barcelona clash

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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 06, 2016 shows Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian defender Thiago Silva looking on during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris Saint-Germain and PCF Ludogorets Razgrad at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris. Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian defender Thiago Silva is ruled out for the Valentine’s Day Champions League last 16 first leg date with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes on February 14, 2017.
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Paris Saint-Germain will be without captain Thiago Silva for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg against Barcelona, French media reported on Monday.

Reports said the Brazilian centre-back missed Monday’s final training session ahead of the game at the Parc des Princes — instead watching his teammates do their work while sat on an icebox — and would not make the 18-man squad named by coach Unai Emery.

Silva, 32, had already missed last Friday’s 3-0 win at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 with a minor muscle problem but had been expected to be ready in time to face the Spanish giants.

PSG, who are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, are also without ex-Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta due to suspension. However, Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore could feature.

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