Blanc: Cavani has mind on World Cup

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc believes Edinson Cavani is sub-consciously holding back to avoid injury before the FIFA World Cup.

The Uruguay international has come under scrutiny following a dip in form in recent weeks and he failed to impress once again on Sunday as PSG lost 1-0 at Lyon.

Leading the line in the absence of injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cavani was presented with a glorious chance to level in the second half but went to ground when trying to round goalkeeper Anthony Lopes when he had the goal at his mercy.

Blanc refused to blame his striker, although he did suggest that the player - who has only recently returned to action following a thigh complaint - may have the World Cup in the back of his mind.

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