Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has revealed Angel Di Maria wants to feature in his side's Champions League tie against Arsenal at the Emirates on 23 November. There were concern over the Argentine international's fitness after he was substituted in the first half in the French club's 2-0 win over Nantes.
The former Manchester United winger and his compatriot Javier Pastore were part of the Argentina squad for the World Cup qualifiers. The duo returned to the club after their international commitments and were slotted straight into the team.
Emery raised concern over Di Maria and Pastore's involvement for the European clash against the north London club. However, the Spanish manager admitted that he will have to make a late decision over the winger's involvement against Arsenal, even as the player is keen to feature on Wednesday.
"For Angel, there is still a doubt. He wants to play. We'll see after training. If he doesn't have any pain in his foot, he will be available. We will make a decision with the doctors, but we won't be taking any risks," Emery explained, as quoted by the club's official website.
Meanwhile, Serge Aurier has been left out of PSG's travelling squad to London after the defender was banned from entering the United Kingdom. He was handed a two-month prison sentence for elbowing a policeman outside a nightclub in Paris.
Emery has said that Thomas Meunier will fill in the right-back slot and was confident that the latter can fill in the void left by the Ivory Coast international's absence.
"The club did as much as possible to get Serge here today with us. All the players wanted him to be here. The decision has been made and I think Meunier, who is the obvious choice to replace him, has already played in big games and is ready to step in. We have solutions. Serge is an important player, it's a shame, especially for him," the manager added.
The clash between these two sides at Parc des Princes ended in a 1-1 draw as Alexis Sanchez's 77th minute strike cancelled Edinson Cavani's goal. Arsenal and PSG have 10 points each after four games, leading Ludogorets and FC Basel by nine points.
Both sides are certain to progress to the next stage of the Champions League and the clash at the Emirates could decide who will finish Group A on top after the group stage. Arsene Wenger's side settled for a draw in the last two games and he will be looking for a win over the Ligue 1 winners in Europe's elite club competition in front of home fans.