Match: Five absentees for PSG / Strasbourg, including Messi and Sanches

Match: Five absentees for PSG / Strasbourg, including Messi and Sanches

On the eve of the reception of Strasbourg in Ligue 1, PSG communicated on the absentees already confirmed. At least five players will be missing, including Lionel Messi, still in Argentina after his World Cup title, or Renato Sanches, injured when he could expect to have minutes.

PSG will resume their journey in Ligue 1 without Lionel Messi and four injured players. As expected, the Argentinian will indeed miss the reception of Strasbourg, Wednesday evening, at the Parc des Princes (at 9 p.m.). According to the words of Christophe Galtier at a press conference the day before the match, the “Pulga” will return to Paris “January 2 or 3, after a break of 13 or 14 days” following the World Cup final won with Argentina. Absent from the dating eve workoutPresnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, Renato Sanches and Timothée Pembélé will not be on the pitch either.

Handicapped by a stubborn injury to the right Achilles tendon, Kimpembe will alternate “individualized care and training in the context of his tendinopathy” over the next four weeks, according to the Parisian medical point. He rubs shoulders with the Portuguese Mendes in the infirmary, who “continues its care protocol and should resume collective training in 2 weeks” after a hamstring injury sustained during the World Cup.

Missed opportunity for Sanches

His compatriot Sanches, not selected to compete in the World Cup in Qatar, misses another opportunity to showcase himself. “Victim of a contusion” during the friendly against Quevilly-Rouen (3-1), the midfielder is at a standstill and must “return to training individually at the weekend”. Vitinha could benefit to join the starting lineup against the Alsatians.

On the contrary, the sky clears for the young Timothée Pembélé. Absent for a long time, he will sign “his return to collective training this week”. The versatile defender suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee in April, during his loan to Bordeaux. His presence in the group against Strasbourg would however be precipitated.