Ligue 1 side Toulouse have announced former Paris Saint-Germain boss Antoine Kombouare as their new head coach.

Kombouare, who led PSG between 2009 and 2011, replaces Alain Casanova after his contract was ended by mutual agreement last week.

The 55-year-old was appointed Dijon coach in January but parted ways with the club at the end of the campaign.

He has signed a deal until June 2021 with Toulouse, who are 18th in Ligue 1 after picking up just nine points from their opening nine games. His first match in charge will be at home to Lille on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel is unsure over the severity of injuries to Paris Saint-Germain forwards Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, but confirmed he wants Neymar to stay.

Neymar was left out of Tuchel's squad for Sunday's 4-0 Ligue 1 win at home to Toulouse, with Cavani and Mbappe both substituted after sustaining injuries.

Cavani went off in the first half after an attempted volley while Mbappe had to be withdrawn following the break having seemingly pulled his hamstring, PSG also losing Abdou Diallo to a head injury.

"I do not know if it's serious for Mbappe and Cavani," Tuchel said to Canal+.

"If they will be back for the start of the Champions League? I do not think about that.

"These are different injuries and in different actions. We must look for the reasons. It's always like that.

"I am a little disappointed because we were strong at the moment. And every injury is too much for me, because we want to work with the whole group. It's difficult."

Neymar continues to be linked with a move away, sporting director Leonardo having previously confirmed the Brazil star intends to depart after two years in Paris.

A return to Barcelona has been mooted for the 27-year-old but LaLiga rivals Real Madrid are also reportedly keen to do a deal for the forward.

Neymar has not played for PSG this season amid the continued uncertainty over his future and Tuchel wants a resolution quickly, with Europe's transfer window set to close on September 2.

"It has always been our goal. Close this case as soon as possible," Tuchel added.

"Leonardo knows that I want to keep him. But that doesn't depend only on him.

"The situation is not very clear, yes. And we must clear it up."

PSG face Metz on Friday in their last game before the international break but Tuchel does not know if Neymar will be available.

"It's not just my decision," he said.

Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were injured as Paris Saint-Germain comfortably defeated Toulouse 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 on Sunday

Neymar was absent from the PSG squad amid continued uncertainty over his future at the club and Thomas Tuchel lost striker Cavani 14 minutes into a goalless first half.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting came on for the Uruguayan and opened the scoring in the 50th minute with a superb solo strike, before defender Mathieu Goncalves turned in an own goal.

The result was completely overshadowed, though, as Mbappe appeared to pull his hamstring when chasing down a pass, with the France forward heading straight off the pitch before Choupo-Moting and Marquinhos added further goals.

PSG, beaten 2-1 at Rennes last week, quickly cranked into gear and Toulouse goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet made a pair of smart saves from Mbappe in the opening four minutes.

But their strong start faded fast and PSG were dealt a blow when Tuchel saw Cavani hobble off after an attempted volley, with Choupo-Moting introduced as his replacement.

Choupo-Moting was acrobatically denied by Reynet in the first minute after the restart but the keeper could do nothing about the Cameroon international's next effort.

After collecting the ball in a packed penalty box, Choupo-Moting superbly span into space and thumped a low drive in off the left post.

PSG's second goal came five minutes later, Pablo Sarabia's attempt deflecting in off Goncalves, who then gave away a 71st-minute penalty for handball after Mbappe pulled up on his 100th Ligue 1 appearance.

Reynet dived to his right to deny Angel Di Maria from the spot, but PSG added a third goal four minutes later as a sweeping move ended with Juan Bernat teeing up Choupo-Moting for a first-time finish.

Choupo-Moting was denied a hat-trick by Reynet before Marquinhos' header completed the scoring on his 250th appearance for the club, but PSG will be hoping for good news on Cavani and Mbappe.

 

What does it mean? Injury issues mount for PSG

The European transfer window closes on September 2 and it remains unclear whether Neymar will stay at PSG, but the issues for Cavani and Mbappe could force the club to keep him.

Losing one striker to injury would be unfortunate but two was a horrible stroke of bad luck that will likely leave PSG increasingly reliant on Choupo-Moting in the coming weeks.


Choupo-Moting makes his case

Eyebrows were raised when PSG signed Choupo-Moting on a free transfer last year, the forward having been released by Stoke City. He scored only three times in 22 Ligue 1 games last term.

But perhaps the 2019-20 season will be the making of the 30-year-old. Choupo-Moting took his goals very well indeed and if Mbappe and Cavani are out for an extended time he will get more chances to shine.


Nightmare debut for Goncalves

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova threw Goncalves to the wolves somewhat by asking the 18-year-old to make his debut against the Ligue 1 champions and the teenager crumbled under the pressure, scoring an own goal and giving away a penalty before being replaced by Wesley Said.


What's next?

PSG return to action on Friday, taking on Metz in their last game before the international break. Toulouse are at home to Amiens a day later.

Paris Saint-Germain lost Edinson Cavani to injury early on against Toulouse in a match Neymar missed despite having recovered from an ankle issue.

Thomas Tuchel has indicated the Brazil superstar will not be selected until PSG have clarity over his future at the club, with links to Barcelona and Real Madrid ongoing.

PSG sporting director Leonardo previously confirmed Neymar is ready to return from the ankle injury he sustained in June and that kept him out of the Copa America.

The Ligue 1 champions did not have Neymar in their squad for Sunday's home game against Toulouse, even though they went down 2-1 to Rennes last weekend.

The lack of attacking depth in Tuchel's squad was underlined when club record goalscorer Cavani appeared to hurt his thigh in the 14th minute at the Parc des Princes.

Cavani walked straight off the pitch after seemingly suffering the injury while directing a left-footed volley at goal, with former Stoke City attacker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting introduced as his replacement.

Neymar left Barca for PSG in a world record €222million deal two years ago but time is running out for the 27-year-old to seal a move away from the French capital as the European transfer window closes on September 2.

Neymar remains absent from Paris Saint-Germain's matchday squad in a sign the Ligue 1 club are yet to gain clarity on his future.

The Brazil international trained with the first team during the week but has not been selected to face Toulouse on Sunday.

His omission comes after Thomas Tuchel confirmed Neymar's selection depended on PSG resolving the "unsettling" transfer speculation surrounding the world's most expensive player.

"He has had a good week with his team-mates. However, the club's position is clear: while his situation is unclear, he cannot play," Tuchel said at Saturday's pre-match news conference.

"If Neymar's situation became clear tomorrow, then he could play."

Talks between PSG and interested parties Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly ongoing but the September 2 transfer deadline is drawing closer.

Neymar sat out the entire pre-season schedule due to an ankle injury that saw him miss the Copa America.

PSG won 3-0 against Nimes in their Ligue 1 opener before losing 2-1 at Rennes, having beaten those same opponents in the Trophee des Champions in Shenzhen.

Julian Draxler, a starter last weekend, is out with injury, joining Ander Herrera and Thilo Kehrer on the sidelines.

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