By RYAN TOLMICH
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set for a two-game spell on the sidelines.
The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) announced Thursday that the Paris-Saint German striker will be suspended for two domestic games.
The ban stems from a foul late in PSG’s 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne last month that saw the Swede kick out at midfielder Romain Hamouma. Ibrahimovic was given a yellow card for the offense.
As a result, the Swedish striker will miss a pair of matchups with Monaco, with one coming in Ligue 1 play while the other in a Coupe de France quarterfinal.
Here are some more of Thursday evening’s news and notes:
TIGRES CALL FOR PULIDO TO RETURN FOLLOWING CONTRACT DISPUTE
Alan Pulido hasn’t played a game since June while in pursuit if a European move, but Tigres president Alejandro Rodriguez says that if any move abroad is going to come to fruition, it will have to begin with a return to Tigres.
Pulido, who was a member of Mexico’s World Cup squad, has been seen training with Greece’s Levadiakos, which would be a violation of his contract if he was not given a provision by FIFA.
Rodriguez says he is hoping that Pulido returns to Tigres, and the club has lawyers working on the case to secure that return.
“Have you found Alan Pulido?” asked Rodriguez. “Bring him — I’ll pay for the ticket of whoever brings him back. We’re still inviting him to return and fulfill his contract.
“We have legal strategies to be able to restore our right because we have a legally signed contract that is valid and binding.”
GERRARD ‘A COUPLE OF WEEKS’ FROM RETURN
Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool picked up a big-time Europa League victory Thursday, but the midfielder is still a ways away from rejoining his team on the field.
Currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Gerrard says he is “a couple of weeks” away from making his return, ruling him out for next week’s return leg against Besiktas following Thursday’s 1-0 Liverpool victory.
“I think I’m a couple of weeks away from returning to playing, but it’s settled down well,” Gerrard said. “I don’t really want to put a target game on the injury. I think next week will come too soon.”
MODRIC RETURNS TO TRAINING
After missing the past three months with injury, Luka Modric is finally back on the field.
The Real Madrid midfielder returned to training Wednesday for a light session after missing the previous three months of action due to a tear in his thigh muscle.
Modric was originally injured back in November while playing for Croatia in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy that finished as a 1-1 draw.
Fresh off a 2-0 victory over Schalke, Real Madrid are back in action on Sunday against Elche.
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