PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (heel) expected to return vs. Marseille
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to make his return from a heel injury against Marseille on Sunday, Jerome Pugmire of the Associated Press reports.
Ibrahimovic has been sidelined since injuring his heel during a 1-1 draw against Lyon on Sept. 21. The 33-year old returned to training Thursday, and coach Laurent Blanc said he is optimist Ibrahimovic will be able to play on Sunday.
"Things have been evolving very well over the last few days. I think we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now. We've seen some very positive signs," Blanc said. "He has started joining in training and he's been doing some running. He hasn't lost that much fitness in cardiovascular terms. If things continue to improve over the next few days anything is possible."
Despite being limited to five games this season by the injury, Ibrahimovic's five goals are tied for first on the team with Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura. He scored 26 goals in Ligue 1 play last season for PSG.
PSG is 6-6-0 on the season and in second place in the Ligue 1 table, four points behind behind Marseille. PSG hosts Marseille on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
- Andrew Melnick