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No Mbappé or Cavani for battle of top two

Publish on 05/10/2019 at 00:30


Neither Edinson Cavani nor Kylian Mbappé will be able to face Angers in the battle of the top two on Saturday afternoon.

Mbappé hurt his left hamstring again against Galatasaray on Tuesday, having initially done the damage to it against Toulouse at the end of August. Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel insisted: "Kylian can't be with us on Saturday but it's not a recurrence of his injury. He needs a bit of time for the scar to heal."

Cavani was also injured against Toulouse, hurting his hip, and is still short of match fitness. The club record scorer should make his return after the international window as Tuchel confirmed: "He's not in pain but he doesn't feel at ease, he doesn't feel at 100%. He doesn't feel completely free. Feeling free is necessary for all players.

Julian Draxler, Colin Dagba and Thilo Kehrer are also out and Angers boss Stéphane Moulin thinks the ongoing absences of key players has made the champions less scary. Moulin said: "They've not made people as afraid in the last six months because they've had a lot of absentees. They've been weakened, despite all the potential they have. We have the impression they don't crush everyone in the league now. That said, they managed to beat Real Madrid without Neymar and Mbappé

"It's special to go and play this match at Paris but we need to stay true to ourselves. We need to live the match well, before it and during it. The result will depend on them above all: if they want to get angry then things will get more complicated."