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Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 showdown with Lille on Sunday after being allowed to return to his home country.
PARIS: Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 showdown with Lille on Sunday after being allowed to return to his home country.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc admitted on Friday that he wasn't even sure if the 26-year-old would be back in France in time for the game, which sees the defending champions and current leaders entertain a Lille side four points behind in third place.
"Will he be back (by Sunday)? We have no idea. I hope so but I can't give an answer," said Blanc at a press conference on Friday.
Cavani scored both goals in the 2-1 League Cup last-16 win against Saint-Etienne at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday before being allowed to travel to Montevideo the next day to deal with unspecified personal affairs.
"We can always make a player play in extreme conditions, but at the same time we need to think about the games coming up in January and February. We can't just do anything," Blanc added.
"If he does come back, it is not the best preparation but there is nothing else we can do."
Cavani has scored 12 Ligue 1 goals this season and 18 in all competitions. His partnership with Zlatan Ibrahimovic has produced a total of 40 goals in all competitions.