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PSG face striker crisis after Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani pick up injuries

Both forwards sidelined at a time when Neymar is angling for a move back to Spain

Kylian Mbappe is expected to be sidelined for four weeks following his injury against Toulouse. AFP
Kylian Mbappe is expected to be sidelined for four weeks following his injury against Toulouse. AFP

Paris Saint-Germain are facing a striker crisis after Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were both ruled out for at least three weeks with injury.

World Cup-winning star Mbappe limped off after hurting his left hamstring during a sprint in PSG's 4-0 win over Toulouse at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

The injury means he is set to miss PSG's opening Uefa Champions League group game, which is set for September 17 or 18.

He will sit out three league matches as well as France's Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Albania and Andorra early next month.

Fellow forward Cavani came off with a hip injury in the same game and PSG confirmed the Uruguayan will be out for three weeks, meaning he could be ready in time for the start of their Champions League campaign.

Cavani's replacement, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, scored twice and Marquinhos was also on target in PSG's victory, with the other goal an own-goal.

Angel Di Maria also had a penalty saved as Thomas Tuchel's team bounced back from a 2-1 loss at Rennes last time out.

However, the injuries to two of their biggest stars come as uncertainty continues to surround the future of Neymar.

The Brazilian's desired move back to Spain has yet to materialise with just a week remaining before the European transfer window closes on September 2.

Even if he stays, the world's most expensive player is suspended for the first three games of this season's Champions League.

Defender Abdou Diallo - a summer signing from Borussia Dortmund - also came off in the first half on Sunday with an eye problem, but PSG confirmed that post-match tests were "reassuring".

Updated: August 26, 2019 07:09 PM

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