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Cavani could make PSG debut on Friday

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani could make his debut for the club in their opening league game of the season at Montpellier on Friday.

Edinson Cavani is now taking part in full training with PSG.
Edinson Cavani is now taking part in full training with PSG.

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The Uruguay international, 26, moved to the French capital for €64 million last month but, after featuring for his country in the Confederations Cup in June, he began training with PSG later than most of his new colleagues.

Cavani was left out of the squad for PSG’s Trophee des Champions win over Bordeaux in Gabon last weekend and had been training on his own, but he took part in a group training session on Tuesday.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc said at a press conference on Wednesday that the coaching staff were yet to make a decision on Friday’s game.

"If things take course then yes, he will be part of the squad," Blanc said. "He still has some preparation to do because he's a little behind the others.

"It would be silly to want to make him play a full match at all costs, which would waste all the meticulous preparation we've done with him. The decision will be taken tomorrow. With him, it's a problem of time."

Meanwhile, Marseille attacker Jordan Ayew, 21, says he’s looking forward to seeing Cavani and Monaco’s Radamel Falcao in action.

Marseille finished second behind PSG last season but they have since watched the French champions and newly-promoted Monaco splash out on the star strikers.

“I was following them before they arrived,” Ayew said of Cavani and Falcao. “Even if I can’t compare myself to them, far from that, I want to play against them. You learn from these very big players. They get 20 goals minimum each season.

"They’re like two terriers on the pitch. You have to see them run and fight — it’s in their South American nature. The only way to join them is through hard work. And once again, I have no certainty of doing that.”

Ayew, who scored seven goals in 35 league matches last season, believes that Marseille have to hit the ground running away to Guingamp on Sunday.

“We’ve strengthened our squad a bit but financially PSG and Monaco are on top,” the Ghana international said. “They’ve pulled off some great moves. We seem far away but we’ll see on the pitch.

“We’re playing to finish in the top three. When you’re at OM, you want to play in the Champions League every year. We have to take a maximum of points between now and the break in December. We’ll see after that but a good start is very important.”

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