Paris St-Germain midfielder Lukas, defender Serge Aurier are both expected to be sidelined for four weeks through injuries the pair picked up during the Ligue 1 champions’ 2-2 draw against Caen last weekend.
Both were among five of PSG’s players who missed the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a Uefa Champions League last 16 first leg tie on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes.
Lucas sustained a groin injury while full-back Aurier, fresh from winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Cote d’Ivoire, tore his hamstring a week after his triumph in Equatorial Guinea.
“I received a pass from Thiago Silva and turned to switch the play, but before the pass, I felt something give way,” Aurier recanted how he suffered the freak injury to the club’s official website.
“I went down called for the doctor, because I knew I couldn’t keep playing. At the time, it was very tough.”
They will thus miss the away leg of the round of 16 tie at Chelsea on 11 March as well as league and French Cup quarter-finals double header against Monaco early March. They could be available for PSG’s home clash with Lorient on March 20.
The good news for manager Laurient Blanc is the return of Yohan Cabaye and Thiago Motta following hamstring and Calf injuries respectively. The duo is expected to be match fit in time for the Stamford Bridge showdown.
Paris must score against the Premier League leaders to progress following a 1-1 draw in the midweek.