PSG Offer Ibrahimovic Injury Update Ahead Of Crucial Second Leg vs Chelsea
PSG chiefs have given an update on the condition of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he was forced off during a 3-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday night
Paris Saint-Germain chiefs have given an update on the condition of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he was forced off during a 3-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday night, and it looks like he could miss the crucial second leg next week.
The Swede was immediately substituted after picking up an injury midway through the second half last night and appeared in some pain as he limped down the tunnel. It was thought the striker had damaged his hamstring but manager Laurent Blanc has suggested it could be his calf muscle.
Speaking after the game, Blanc told reporters that the injury will be further assessed before any diagnosis is given and refused to be drawn on how long he could be out for, only saying it looks like the 32-year-old will ‘require a certain amount of rest’.
“Zlatan felt a slight muscular pain – I’m not sure whether it’s his calf or his hamstring,”
“We’ll have to look after that but it will require a certain amount of rest.” Blanc is quoted as saying by Goal.
However, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi gave a more conclusive opinion, telling Bein Sport last night that the hitman will be out for ‘a few weeks’.
“Ibrahimovic picked up an injury. He will be out for a few weeks.” Al-Khelaifi is quoted as saying by Goal
If the big-spending owner is accurate, it will come as a major boost to Chelsea as it will mean Ibrahimovic will certainly miss the return leg at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday.
Even if the injury isn’t as bad as feared, he’s going to be hard-pushed to recover in such a short space of time and with PSG in a commanding position following last night’s 3-1 first leg win, it would be unnecessary for them to take the risk of aggravating the injury and possibly losing Ibrahimovic for the rest of the season by rushing him back for the trip to London.
Therefore, I don’t think we’ll be seeing the enigmatic Swede strutting his stuff at the Bridge next week, which can only be good news for Jose Mourinho’s men as they try to over-turn a 3-1 deficit to reach the last four of the Champions League.
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