Emery plays down Neymar concerns
Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery has insisted that there will be "no additional risk of injury" for Neymar during Saturday's Ligue 1 clash with Rennes. Neymar was given permission to miss PSG's Coupe de la Ligue clash with Strasbourg on Wednesday due to an 'important family issue', which required the 25-year-old to return to Brazil. The attacker flew back into France on Wednesday to prepare for this weekend's clash with Rennes, and Emery has denied that the travelling will put the Brazil international at risk of picking up an injury.
"He is used to travelling a lot and far. This is also the case when he is with the national team and when he returns he is well," Emery told reporters. "He maintained his physical level and on Thursday he was good at training. There is no additional risk of injury."
Camara undergoes knee surgery
Guingamp's striker Abdoul Camara underwent an operation on troublesome knee on Thursday. Camara confirmed that he had his knee locked during French League match against Troyes and it was decided this week that he needed an operation. "The procedure went well and I will begin his rehabilitation as soon as possible," posted Camara on his Instagram page. He predicts a three to four weeks period on the sidelines.
Motta requires knee surgery
Thiago Motta may be out until 2018 after Paris Saint-Germain announced the veteran requires minor knee surgery. According to a statement released on the PSG website, the 35-year-old midfielder has complained of increased pain in his right knee since September. The Brazilian-born Italy international has started 12 matches for Unai Emery's team in all competitions this term. But, should he go under the knife imminently to address the issue, Motta may not return until after the mid-season break.
Evra leaves Marseille after UEFA ban
Patrice Evra has had his contract with Marseille terminated after UEFA suspended him from all European club competition until June 30, 2018, for kicking one of his own supporters before a match. The France left-back, 36, aimed a kick at a fan next to the pitch before a Europa League game with Vitoria Guimaraes on 2 November. However, Evra's punishment only applies to the Europa League and Champions League, meaning he could still sign for another club in January and play domestic football, pending any punishment from the French FA.
Balotelli gets one-game ban
Mario Balotelli has been banned for one match after he was sent off for a late tackle in Nice 's 1-0 win over Dijon at the weekend. After scoring his sixth league goal of the season, the Italian striker was dismissed for his challenge. The French Football League imposed a two-game ban but suspended one of those matches. It means Balotelli will miss the league game with Caen on November 19 but is available for the visit of Lyon a week later.
Patrice Evra suspended by Marseille
Marseille suspended Patrice Evra indefinitely on Friday while they investigate an incident in which he aimed a kick at a fan ahead of a Europa League game against Guimaraes. The defender was sent off and on Friday UEFA announced the 36-year-old would miss "at least one match" with further punishment likely to follow. In a statement, Marseille condemned Evra's reaction but also said they were launching an investigation and would take legal action against the fans who antagonised the player.
Falcao to sit out Monaco's trip to Lyon
Radamel Falcao will miss Monaco's match with Olympique Lyonnais on Friday after playing for his country during the international break. The Colombia international scored in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Paraguay last week and then played in the 1-1 draw in Peru on Tuesday to help secure his nation's place in next summer's finals in Russia. Ever-present for the French champions so far this season, Falcao will not get a chance to add to his league-leading 12 goals with coach Leonardo Jardim opting to rest him for the match at Parc OL.
Neymar to miss Montpellier game
Neymar will miss Saturday's French league match at Montpellier because of a right foot injury. The 25-year-old Brazilian striker has scored four goals and delivered four assists in five games with PSG since he joined from Barcelona in a world-record transfer worth €222m. According to local media, the injury does not throw into doubt Neymar's participation in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
Double injury blow for PSG
Angel Di Maria will be out of action for several matches after suffering an injury on international duty. The Argentine winger limped off during his country's 1-1 draw with Venezuela with a suspected torn thigh. This paves the way for Kylian Mbappe to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut as a starter on the right-hand side of attack. PSG's Brazilian skipper Thiago Silva is also a doubt for Friday's game at Metz after picking up a knock against Colombia.
Verratti suspended for three matches
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has been suspended three matches for his red card against Toulouse on Sunday. Verratti picked up his second yellow card of the match in the 69th minute, lunging in and making contact with Christopher Jullien for his second booking.
Mbappe injured in Ligue 1 opener
Kylian Mbappe came off with an apparent injury as Monaco open their Ligue 1 title defence with a thrilling 3-2 victory against Toulouse on Friday night. Mbappe, the 18-year-old linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, left the field after 74 minutes with an apparent knee injury and was replaced by Allan Saint-Maximin. He was attended to on the pitch by the medical staff, and after walking off under his own power, continued to be be treated on the sideline. "It's nothing serious. I think in two or three days, it will be better," Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said after the match.
Cavani in doubt for Italy friendly
Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has picked up an injury while on international duty with Uruguay and the Ligue 1 Player of the Year could miss Wednesday's friendly against Italy in Nice. He limped off in the 12th minute of Uruguay's 3-1 loss to Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. The good news for Uruguay is that Cavani has plenty of time to recover before their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign resumes at home to Argentina in late August. Ligue 1's top scorer in 2016-17 with 35 goals, Cavani has had an excellent season with the capital club.