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Blanc confirms Ibrahimovic injury

3 April 2014 00:07

Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a spell out after suffering a muscle injury against Chelsea, according to Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc.

The Swedish striker limped off during the second half of his side's 3-1 win in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday, and is now a major doubt for next week's return meeting at Stamford Bridge.

It was a largely quiet night at the Parc des Princes for Ibrahimovic, who was withdrawn after 68 minutes to be replaced by Lucas Moura.

"Zlatan felt a slight muscular pain - I'm not sure whether it's his calf or his hamstring," said Blanc. "We'll have to look after that but it will require a certain amount of rest."

Ezequiel Lavezzi put the hosts ahead in the opening four minutes, before Eden Hazard pulled Chelsea level from the penalty spot.

However, a David Luiz own goal and a stoppage-time strike from Javier Pastore gave PSG a comfortable cushion as they prepare to head to London.

But despite the impressive victory, Blanc insisted that his side could have done even better.

"You can always do better, but I think the boys gave everything," he added. "We've been a bit cautious in the building of our game. We were probably a bit afraid of Chelsea's counter-attacks.

"They are a very powerful team. We made them run, though, and scored that last-gasp goal.

"I think we managed to be better in the second half. We won more balls and Javier's goal was fantastic."

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PSG

W D W D D

3 - 1

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
2 April 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
3 - 1
On aggregate
3 - 3
Venue
Parc des Princes (Paris)
Attendance
45517

Goals

1 - 0
1 - 1
27' E. Hazard (PG)
David Luiz (OG) 61'  
2 - 1
J. Pastore 90'+3  
3 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
30
26
13 20'
17
2
14
8 82'
24
10
9 86'
22 4'
Coach: L. Blanc
# Player Bookings
1
26
24
2
4 61' 86'
28
22 32'
7 12'
17 27'
11
14
Coach: José Mourinho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
29
4
27 90+3'
1
5
21
25
# Player Bookings
9
8
12
19
23
33
27

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