PSG will have to settle for just two world-class forwards against Rennes in the French Cup.
Edinson Cavani has been axed from the the club’s squad and is facing a huge fine after arriving back late from holiday.
Javier Pastore is facing similiar punishment and sources close to the club say both players face heavy sanctions with top marksman Cavani returning two days late while the 28-year-old Argentine midfielder is still yet to return.
PSG face Rennes later today but will have to make do without their top scorer.
Cavani spent New Year with his family and had complications booking flights back, leading to his tardiness.
Pastore told Yahoo sports from Argentina he had personal issues to settle, and adamantly insists the no-show has nothing to do with a desire to quit PSG.
“I love Paris and I love PSG,” said Pastore, who is said to enjoy the favour of the club’s Qatari president Nasser al-Khelaifi.
“I have some personal issues to settle,” said the Argentine international.
“I was the first one to believe in the project,” he insisted in reference to his arrival for a fee of €40million in 2011, which opened the floodgates to the host of talent that followed him into the club.
“Believe me, I’ll always be loyal to this club.”
PSG travel to Nantes in Ligue 1 next weekend and will likely have forgiven Cavani by then — which is bad news for the Nantes defenders.