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Edinson Cavani Injury: Updates on PSG Star's Thigh and Return

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Nick AkermanFeatured Columnist IVDecember 13, 2016

Updates from Tuesday, March 11

Edinson Cavani is fit to face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. Ligue 1 journalist Jonathan Johnson reports:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 25

As expected, Edinson Cavani looks set to return for PSG in their showdown against Marseille this weekend.

Jonathan Johnson reports:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18

Edinson Cavani remains on course for an imminent return to the PSG first-team squad, following a medical update on the club's official website.

French journalist Jonathan Johnson paraphrases the update:

 

Updates from Thursday, Feb. 13

PSG manager Laurent Blanc updated Edinson Cavani's status (per Reuters via Yahoo! Sports):

Blanc made it clear that although the striker's recovery was going well, he would not be ready for the last-16 first-leg match in Germany on Tuesday.

"It has never been considered that he could be available for Leverkusen," Blanc told a news conference. "But we will see him back very soon, all signs are very good."

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Edinson Cavani is likely to spend three weeks on the recovery table after picking up a thigh injury during Paris Saint-Germain's recent victory over Bordeaux. 

As reported by Sky Sports, a post-match assessment revealed the Uruguayan forward would be out for the majority of February. PSG boss Laurent Blanc confirmed the 26-year-old will miss the upcoming fixture against Nantes, as well as the top-of-the-table clash against Monaco, per Ian Holyman of ESPN FC:

Cavani will be absent for Nantes and also against Monaco.

The injury will be a matter of weeks, and is not uncommon for a player with his style of play. The injury is not serious, and it should not get worse. We will not take risks with Cavani.

Cavani lasted 76 minutes during the match with Bordeaux, as recorded by WhoScored.com. Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alex claimed a 2-0 victory, providing PSG with a five-point lead over their big-spending rivals from the principality.

Blanc's side will undoubtedly miss Cavani's influence, but they have enough firepower to traverse the next month unscathed. "The news is a major blow to Blanc, who has seen the summer capture from Napoli score 20 of the club’s 83 goals in competitive matches this season," Holyman noted.

Cavani has netted 17 times across 26 appearances in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season, forming an excellent goalscoring alternative to Ibrahimovic, who has scored 26 after 27 games, per WhoScored.com.

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PSG's fixture with Monaco takes place on Feb. 9, but if Cavani is to be ruled out for three weeks, he will also miss the Champions League Round of 16 first leg with Bayer Leverkusen on Feb. 18.

It will certainly be a race to full fitness if he is to start the BayArena clash, but Blanc will hope to have his prolific striker available in some form.

Ezequiel Lavezzi replaced Cavani against Bordeaux and could receive further playing time in his colleague's absence. Yohan Cabaye, the fresh arrival from Newcastle, may also be pushed into an advanced role to help support Ibrahimovic up top.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 19:  Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc attends a press conference on July 19, 2013 in Clairefontaine, France.  (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
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Lucas Moura is likely to retain his place after alternating in and out before Cavani's injury. He completed 90 minutes during the last fixture and assisted both goals, adding to Alex's strike he also set up during the previous 1-1 draw with Guingamp.

While PSG possess the strength in depth to deal with Cavani's loss, the former Napoli star will be sorely missed during the vital tie with Monaco. Should he fail to return in time for the Leverkusen match, the German side will also fancy their chances a little more eagerly.

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