One of the top players in the world will be on the sidelines for a while.
Well, two, actually, and both play for the same club.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is out for three weeks and Edinson Cavani a month, the latter missing a friendly against the USMNT next month.
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The injuries come as PSG boss Thomas Tuchel grouses about healthy Neymar’s refusal to play for the club while trying to engineer a transfer to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Will the Brazilian turn up for his team? Probably not.
PSG lost at Rennes and has won twice early this season. Mbappe will miss Friday’s match at Metz and the Sept. 14 visit from Strasbourg and is a question for the start of the UEFA Champions League group stage (Sept. 17-18).
Any setbacks would mean he’d be out for a monumental tilt at Lyon on Sept. 22.