Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
PSG boss Laurent Blanc has assured fans Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make a quick recovery from the recent muscular injury picked up against Bastia.
Robin Bairner of Goal.com reports the latest from Blanc ahead of the weekend clash with Evian:
Sources close to Expressen tells that Paris Saint-Germain has given the national team captain a few days off to go to Stockholm to get back from his muscle injury.
Ibrahimovic will miss out on PSG's games against Evian and Saint-Etienne – but will probably be ready when Sweden kick off the qualification to the European Championship 8th of September against Austria.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears set to hand PSG a major boost by returning to action much sooner than expected following the hip injury he picked up against Bastia.
Ligue 1 writer Jonathan Johnson reports:
PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in training already, following his injury vs. Bastia last weekend.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 20, 2014
Ibrahimovic did some special exercises & received treatment while the team trained normally.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 20, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to be out for at least a month with the hip injury picked up Saturday against Bastia.
Le Parisien reports, per Ligue 1 writer Jonathan Johnson:
Le Parisien: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to miss minimum of 4 weeks with injury picked up vs. Bastia. Gregory van der Wiel could miss 10 days or so.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 18, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17
Jonathan Johnson reported on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's condition:
On Ibrahimovic, PSG's statement is very technically worded. However, it sounds like a muscle on his left side is out of place.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 17, 2014
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic was forced to leave the club's match against Bastia due to an apparent hip injury. He was replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Fox Soccer Trax noted the early exit for the striker:
15 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is replaced in 15th minute; looks like he took a blow to his left side/hip; walking fine, but heads to the tunnel— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) August 16, 2014
OptaJean pointed out it's the first time Ibrahimovic was subbed out during the first half of a league fixture as a member of the Ligue 1 side:
1 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been substituted in the first-half of a Ligue 1 game for the first time since his arrival in 2012. Exit.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 16, 2014
Obviously it is a significant loss for PSG, but it's a positive sign that he seemingly wasn't in extreme pain as he walked off the pitch. More likely it's just an effort from manager Laurent Blanc to play it safe at this point in the young campaign.
Further evaluation will determine how long he'll be sidelined. In the meantime, Edinson Cavani is likely to move into the lead striker role with Lucas Moura, who scored the match's opening goal shortly after Ibrahimovic's exit, and Lavezzi in support.
The Parisians just have to hope it's only a short-term absence for the dynamic striker.