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Heel injury sidelines Zlatan in Barcelona clash

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes due to a nagging heel problem, the French club have confirmed.

Heel injury sidelines Zlatan in Barcelona clash
Photo: AP
"As the different tests carried out this morning on the problem with his left heel were not satisfactory, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of the match against Barcelona," said a statement released by PSG on Monday.
   
Ibrahimovic, who played for Barcelona in the 2009-10 season, had already missed his club's last two games in Ligue 1.
   
Without him, Laurent Blanc's side performed poorly in a 1-1 draw at Toulouse on Saturday and they are under pressure to get a result against the Catalans after opening their Group F campaign with a 1-1 draw with Ajax in Amsterdam two weeks ago.
   
Ibrahimovic is joined on the sidelines by captain and centre-back Thiago Silva, who has not played since early August because of a thigh injury, and Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, who has a hamstring problem.
 
 
However, Blanc said that he was not surprised at the news his Swedish talisman would miss the encounter and remains hopeful his side can get a result in his absence.
   
"This morning he was having treatment but in truth I had already started to prepare for this game knowing that he probably wouldn't be there," Blanc told a press conference at the Parc des Princes on Monday afternoon.
   
"It certainly won't be easy, we know that. Last year we played difficult games without Ibra.
   
"We have other attacking players of great quality and we will need to compensate for his absence by producing an even better team performance."
   
Blanc added that Ibrahimovic faces a race against time to be ready in time for next Sunday's home meeting with Monaco, PSG's final outing before the October international break.
   
"We will see how it evolves, but obviously the medical staff are doing all they can to get him ready," he said.
   
Last season, Paris beat Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie but Ibrahimovic picked up an injury in that game and missed the return, which Chelsea won 2-0 to advance on away goals.
   
Barcelona's French defender Jeremy Mathieu admitted that the absence of Ibrahimovic was good news for the away side.
   
"It is an advantage for us. He has a massive influence on their game and makes the difference in practically every match," said Mathieu.
 
AFP/The Local
 

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IBRAHIMOVIC

Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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