- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

PARIS (AP) - Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has only 13 players fit for Saturday’s home game with Toulouse as injuries and suspensions blight his team.

Winger Lucas, midfielder Yohan Cabaye and right back Serge Aurier are all out after picking up injuries last weekend, and center half Marquinhos - who played in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Tuesday - is doubtful because of a muscle problem.

“I only have 13 players available for tomorrow,” Blanc said Friday.

Defender David Luiz and midfielder Marco Verratti are suspended.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available for Saturday. He then serves a two-game ban, ruling him out of next week’s tough trip to Monaco and the subsequent French Cup quarterfinal game, also against Monaco, three days later.

The French league suspended Ibrahimovic for a dangerous high tackle on Saint-Etienne winger Yohan Mollo.

“We’ve proved that we can play well without our leaders,” Blanc said. “That will have to be the case against Monaco without Zlatan.”

Blanc again praised Edinson Cavani after his impressive performance against Chelsea, where he scored one goal and was denied more only by the outstanding goalkeeping of Thibaut Courtois.

Cavani has been severely criticized at times this season, notably after fluffing several clear-cut chances in the 1-1 draw against Lyon two weeks ago.

“I don’t consider Cavani’s goal (against Chelsea) to be a personal victory,” Blanc said. “I’ve never changed my mind about Cavani. He’s a great player.”

PSG is tied with Marseille in second place, two points behind Lyon with 13 games remaining.


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