PSG striker Cavani ruled out of Leverkusen clash

Les Parisiens coach Laurent Blanc has ruled the Uruguayan striker out of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 tie, but says he should be available at the end of next week
Paris Saint-Germain will travel to the BayArena for the Champions League last-16 first leg against Bayer Leverkusen without forward Edinson Cavani, manager Laurent Blanc has revealed.

Cavani sustained a thigh injury in the 2-0 win over Bordeaux in January and has missed the French champions' last two games.

PSG coach Blanc suggested that the Uruguayan would be out for les Parisiens' next couple of encounters, tipping the attacker for a return in the game against Toulouse on February 23.

"Edinson Cavani follows his program and should return at the end of next week. All the signs are very good," he told reporters.

Cavani's strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be fit for both encounters, despite struggling with back problems over the past week.

Former France coach Blanc admitted that he may reshuffle his team ahead of the encounter with Leverkusen, but is keen to stay focused on his side's domestic title bid.

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic has trained normally for two days without any problems," Blanc added. "He is fit to play and will probably play against Valenciennes.

"I think it will be a different team from the one that played Monaco. But to prepare for the Leverkusen match, it will not be a bad thing to play against Valenciennes on Friday.

"The second part of the season began in Brest [in the Coupe de France], it does not start against Leverkusen. The championship is important, we must win against Valenciennes tomorrow."