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By ESPN Staff
Jul 18, 2014

Zlatan set for PSG preseason bow

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been PSG's top scorer for the past two seasons.
 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to play his first football since last season in Paris Saint-Germain's friendly against Red Bull Leipzig on Friday.

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After a five-week break, Ibrahimovic has for the past 10 days been training in his native Sweden with a PSG physio, and is part of the French champions' squad that will head to Germany.

The striker, whose last competitive outing was Sweden's friendly defeat to Belgium on June 1, is expected to feature for a half against the recently promoted 2. Bundesliga outfit.

"Let's not forget that he finished his season late because he was involved in his national team's two friendlies," PSG coach Laurent Blanc told assembled media, adding the former Inter and AC Milan forward had "not too much weight to lose" following his break.

Ibrahimovic, 32, started his preseason training on July 8, some three weeks after other PSG players who also did not feature at the World Cup, and he missed his club's first two friendlies -- a 3-0 win over Austrian second division side Hartberg and a 4-3 victory against Hungarian outfit Videoton.

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