Edinson Cavani Illness: Updates on PSG Star's Status and Return

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 14, 2017

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07:  Edinson Cavani of PSG reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Stade Rennais FC at Parc des Princes on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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When Paris Saint-Germain boarded their flight to Hong Kong Friday night, star striker Edinson Cavani wasn't present. As it turns out, an illness prevented him from making the trip.

According to Rajvir Rai of Daily Mail, Cavani was supposed to join PSG on their Asian preseason tour, but he stayed put due to a virus. It is unclear how long his recovery will take, but he is expected to join the Parisians when cleared by doctors.

Illness has struck Cavani at a busy and interesting time in his career. The 27-year-old Uruguayan forward is one of the most explosive goal scorers in the world, but he could find himself playing elsewhere during the upcoming season.

Per CNN's Tancredi Palmeri, Cavani is among those who could be on the move to make room for Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria:

Despite the rampant rumors, Cavani claims he is happy at PSG. He also admits that the unpredictability of transfer season could change things quickly, however, according to Paulo Freitas of Sky Sports (h/t Ovacion).

"I feel good at Paris and I count on staying, but considering how this window has gone so far, nobody really knows," Cavani said. "The idea was for me to stay in Paris and the owner of the club thinks the same."

Cavani was a huge part of PSG's success last season after making the jump from Napoli of Serie A. The Red and Blue repeated as Ligue 1 champions in 2014 and Cavani netted 25 goals across all competitions.

He and Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic form one of the most dangerous striker duos in world football, so it may seem outrageous for PSG to even consider moving Cavani one year after signing him.

It remains to be seen how that situation will play out, but the primary focus is currently on Cavani's health. Although the severity of the illness is unclear, the fact that plans are in place for Cavani to make the trip to Hong Kong eventually is promising.

PSG fans eagerly await his recovery as do clubs that may potentially be in the running to acquire him.


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