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Zlatan is out for 4 weeks

Paris: Injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be out of action for at least four weeks and will miss next Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final return leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al Khelaifi said on Thursday.

“He won’t play at Chelsea. It’s impossible,” Al Khelaifi told RMC radio.

“We are waiting for the test results but I think he will be out for at least four weeks.”

Ibrahimovic was substituted after 69 minutes of PSG’s 3-1 first-leg win over Chelsea on Wednesday and limped off holding his right thigh.

Ibrahimovic could also miss a semi-final tie if PSG successfully defend their advantage in London next week.

On the surface his absence would appear a bitter blow for PSG, especially as the talismanic striker has 10 Champions League goals this season, but in Ezequiel Lavezzi they have a player hitting top form at just the right time.

“He’s reached a level of fitness that allows him to make forays into the defence,” coach Laurent Blanc told reporters.

Meanwhile, Belgium striker Christian Benteke will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for six months, having ruptured his Achilles tendon in training on Thursday, his club Aston Villa said.

“It’s a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club,” Villa manager Paul Lambert said.

(agencies)