Silva fears allayed

French Cup

Paris Saint-Germain are hopeful skipper Thiago Silva will recover quickly from the knock that forced him off at half-time in Saturday's Coupe de France victory.

The Brazilian opened the scoring with a header on the half-hour mark against SC Bastia at the Parc des Princes, setting the holders on their way to a stunning 7-0 victory, their biggest win of the season so far.

However, Silva did not reappear for the second half, making way for Presnel Kimpembe after picking up a knock in a collision with goalkeeper Kevin Trapp as the two went to clear a ball into the box.

Paris coach Unai Emery moved to reassure fans after the game, saying: "He asked to come off after taking a knock to the thigh. I don't think it's very serious and I think he will be available in the coming days."

Emery added that Marco Verratti, who did not come off the bench, should also be fully fit by next week after taking a minor knock in training.

PSG are at home to FC Metz in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday and then resume their Ligue 1 campaign away to Stade Rennais FC next weekend.

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