Why Edinson Cavani Will Step Up for PSG in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Absence

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Why Edinson Cavani Will Step Up for PSG in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Absence
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In Paris Saint-Germain’s second league game against SC Bastia, Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic had to come off after just 16 minutes following a collision in which he suffered an abdominal injury.

Despite an array of superstars available to coach Laurent Blanc, PSG struggled to find the back of the net on Friday against Evian Thonon Gaillard. Without the striker who has scored 58 goals in 69 league games, they need one of their other high-profile players to step up and prove that they are far from a one-man attacking unit.

Ibrahimovic has already begun light training, though he will miss next weekend’s game at home to Saint-Etienne. He could make his return to action for Sweden against Austria in their European Championship qualifier on September 8. 

That should see the 32-year-old return for the away trip to Rennes.

This opens a window for Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. He has been quick to make a point of wanting to play the role of central striker this season, per Sky Sports, and now he has to let his feet do the talking.

Here is why Edinson Cavani will step up for PSG in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence.

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