With captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely to miss Sweden`s crucial Euro 2016 home qualifier against Russia through injury on Thursday, the battle to replace him offers a gloomy outlook for the future of Erik Hamren`s side.
What a difference a win makes. Paris Saint Germain`s 2-0 win away at Caen in midweek not only broke a sequence of three draws but lifted them to second in the table and temporarily silenced the critics.
Edinson Cavani scored early for Paris St Germain but a series of wasted chances came back to haunt them as Ajax Amsterdam equalised late to deny the French a winning start on the road in a 1-1 draw in Champions League Group F on Wednesday.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told AFP on Tuesday that Financial Fair Play is "unfair" after a summer in which the French champions were hit with sanctions for breaching UEFA`s regulations.
Luis Suarez looks certain to sit out Uruguay`s World Cup Group D opener against Costa Rica on Saturday but in Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan the South Americans still boast a formidable attacking partnership.
Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain will hope that record signing Edinson Cavani can fill the void left by the absence of injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they prepare to host Reims on Saturday.
Edinson Cavani enjoyed a memorable comeback after spending four weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury as he scored in Paris St Germain`s 2-0 win over Olympique Marseille on Sunday to help his side move eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1.