Paris - Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Tuesday
reiterated his belief that injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play
again before the end of the season.
"The objective is for him to play again before the end
of the season. It's a realistic target. The signs are good, but we can't just
do anything with him for fear of a recurrence," said Blanc at a press
conference prior to PSG's Ligue 1 meeting with Evian at the Parc des Princes on
Ibrahimovic injured his right thigh in the first leg of
PSG's Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea at the start of this month
and then returned to his native Sweden for a week for personal reasons before
coming back to the French capital on Monday.
The Swede, who has scored a club record 40 goals in all
competitions this season, missed last Saturday's 2-1 win against Lyon in the
League Cup final as PSG secured the first of a likely trophy double.
A win against Evian on Wednesday will leave the defending
champions 10 points clear of second-placed Monaco with only four games left and
will mean they can clinch another Ligue 1 title with a win at Sochaux on
However, PSG lost 2-0 away to Evian when the sides last met
in December, and Sochaux are currently in excellent form as they attempt to
pull off a miraculous escape from the relegation zone.
"If we can wrap up the Ligue 1 title this week it would
be a very, very good thing," said Blanc. "We need to take points. We
have a match at home and we owe it to ourselves to respect Evian, especially as
they were the only team to beat us in the first half of the season.
"They will be two difficult games but we need to get
points to finish off the job."
Influential midfielder Thiago Motta will be missing for the
game due to suspension, and his absence could be keenly felt given that PSG
have been beaten just once in the 55 Ligue 1 games he has played since signing
from Inter Milan in January 2012.
Opponents Evian, who as well as beating the capital side in
the reverse fixture have taken four points off Monaco this season, are
currently five points clear of the relegation zone.
"We are not going just to visit the capital, or the
Parc des Princes for that matter, even if it is magnificent stadium," said
Evian coach Pascal Dupraz.
"We will be going there to get a result, first and
foremost because we need one."
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Lyon travel to Toulouse knowing that
a win will take them level on points with rivals Saint-Etienne in fourth and
will also move them five points clear of Marseille in sixth.OL will almost certainly not make next season's
Champions League, and they must finish in the top five to qualify for the
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