Star PSG duo nearing full fitness

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Paris Saint-Germain duo Angel di Maria and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both close to returns from injury.

The pair appears likely to miss PSG's trip to Montpellier on Saturday (AEST), with Di Maria (hamstring) and Ibrahimovic (knee) not yet ready for the clash.

Di Maria is yet to feature for the Ligue 1 giant since making a $60 million move from Manchester United in July, while Ibrahimovic hurt his knee in the Trophee des Champions win over Lyon on 1 August.

"Angel had a muscular injury. You need to act carefully with that," he told a news conference," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said.

"He did a great job over the last two weeks. He's worked on some physical aspects but also did some specific work related to hamstring muscles. We'll see how it has evolved.

"I was very pleased with yesterday's training session in terms of his work. He was part of the first XI at training, so we will discuss it.

"He's very close to joining the team and the group. Whether it's on Friday or against Monaco [on 30 August], we'll have to see."

Ibrahimovic looks set to be part of the PSG squad, but Blanc said the Sweden international would not start.

"He trained with the squad on Wednesday, for the first time since his injury. I don't think he'll be ready for the Montpellier match. He's not match fit," Blanc said.

"On Wednesday, he didn't take part in any challenges, no one on ones with the opposition. We'll have a chat.

"He may be in the squad, but he won't be ready to start the game against Montpellier."


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