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Ibrahimovic to miss return leg with thigh tear

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Ibrahimovic to miss return leg with thigh tear

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PARIS (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be sidelined for at least several weeks because of a thigh muscle tear and will miss the second leg of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League quarterfinal against Chelsea on Tuesday.

Ibrahimovic, who has scored 40 goals in 42 matches this season, likely would miss the semifinals if PSG advances. The French club won the first leg 3-1 and could reach the last four for the first time since 1995.

Ibrahimovic fell to the ground clutching his leg during the second half of Wednesday's game and limped off in the 68th minute.

PSG said in a statement Friday that tests confirmed ''the presence of a muscle lesion'' at the back of Ibrahimovic's right thigh.

''He's out for the weeks to come. We will have to wait for the doctor to analyze the results,'' PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. ''It's a muscle lesion, delicate but not irreversible. He will be back with us before too long; he will play before the end of the season.''

Ibrahimovic probably will be replaced at center forward by Edinson Cavani, who has been unhappy playing in a role wide on the right.

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