Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been handed a big boost as Paris St Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye was one of several PSG players forced off by injury this afternoon.
Goal.com reports that Cabaye is now doubtful to face Chelsea in the Champions League next week, after he lasted just 16 minutes against Caen. It looked like a muscle injury for Cabaye, which would mean a quick recovery to face Chelsea is unlikely.
He wasn’t the only one struggling for PSG though, as Serge Aurier and winger Lucas Moura also picked up problems for the Ligue 1 side and Marquinhos was substituted at half-time. They ended the match with just nine men as a result.
And it proved to be extremely costly as PSG let a 2-0 lead slip by conceding two goals in the final minutes against Caen to draw the match 2-2.
With Javier Pastore also struggling through injury, PSG coach Laurent Blanc has a selection dilemma in defence and midfield for next week’s big clash against Chelsea.
After initially struggling to find a role in the French capital, Cabaye has become an important player for Blanc this season, making 26 appearances for the defending Ligue 1 champions.
It was a risk playing him today though, as Cabaye had only recently recovered from a leg injury.
After Cabaye's problem, it would get worse for PSG as full-back Aurier was also forced off with an injury. The right-back had recently returned from the Africa Cup of Nations, where he helped Ivory Coast to win the tournament.
Winger Moura was another casualty while Marquinhos was replaced by David Luiz at the interval.
Good for Chelsea
While it may be a nightmare situation for PSG boss Blanc, it’s good news for Mourinho. The last-16 clash between the sides is shaping up to be one of the ties of the round.
But while Chelsea have the likes of Diego Costa well rested and ready to go with no football this weekend, PSG seem to be struggling with a real injury crisis.
Laurent Blanc has since confirmed that all four players will miss the Chelsea game.