But Messi is already recovering.
The other day, PSG not only flew out of the French Cup (1: 2 with Marseille), but also lost Leo Messi – he injured the back of his thigh. This is a continuation of the terrible epidemic of injuries that hit the “Paris” – these are its main elements.
Injuries covered Paris at the wrong time: on February 14, the team is waiting for the first match with Bayern in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League.
But not everything is so terrible: Messi will recover for the Champions League, Neymar and Ramos are already playing
Let’s cover each case separately.
❌ Messi will definitely miss the game with Monaco (February 11), but will play with Bayern. Leo will return to training on Monday, the day before the Champions League match. PSG head coach Christophe Galtier has already confirmed.
❌ Kylian Mbappe injured his left thigh in the Ligue 1 match against Montpellier (3:1) and was out for three weeks. Judging by such terms, the striker will not play with Bayern, although he is making every effort to return as soon as possible.
❌ Renato Sanches also has problems with his hip, he was replaced already in the 14th minute of the game with Toulouse. The Portuguese left the field in tears and immediately went to the tribune room. According to the French L’Équipe, Renato flew out for a few weeks. PSG will not rush, so as not to provoke another relapse (this is the fourth injury of the season).
❌ Marco Verratti hardly plays in 2023 – only 3 matches, sent off with Reims (1:1). First, the Italian had problems with the quadriceps femoris, then he served a suspension (2 games), and now he is experiencing slight muscle discomfort in his left thigh. Already recovering at the PSG training base.
❌ Nordi Mukiele injured his hamstring, will return at the end of February, possibly to Marseille on the 26th.
❌ Presnel Kimpembe has been injured since November – now he continues group training and wants to get into the squad for the match with Bayern. But it is still unclear whether the French defender will be able to play.
✅ Sergio Ramos and Neymar injured the adductor muscle, but quickly recovered. They can be expected at the start for matches with Monaco and Bayern.
✅ Ashraf Hakimi , like Messi, experienced pain in the back of the thigh. Galtier explained that the defender overexerted himself, worked hard in the gym and went through the hands of physiotherapists. Everything is fine with him, he will go to Monaco.
🦠 And this is not the end of PSG’s problems: according to RMC Sport, a virus is circulating in the dressing room of the Parisians, intestinal flu mows down the players. Vitinha and Ruiz are definitely sick, there are questions about others. Some have symptoms of vomiting, abdominal pain, and fatigue. This could have a big impact on the starting XI against AS Monaco.
Bottom line: if you do not take into account the virus for now (this is just an insider), the match with Bayern will definitely be missed by Mukiele, Sanches and, possibly, Mbappe. All others will most likely be available.
Mbappe’s injury is discussed in Bayern and they do not believe that Kylian will miss 1/8 of the Champions League
Julian Nagelsmann talks about the bluff of the Parisians and prepares to shut down Mbappé. “The wording on the PSG website is rather vague. Something like three weeks. If it’s not structural damage, then I don’t think Mbappe will miss the game. Therefore, I prepare as usual, believing that he will play.
Of course, they can hide information about the injury, like playing poker. But maybe the other way around: they say that he is out, but he will play,” said the head coach of Bayern.
Galtier immediately reacted: “I am not obliged to answer him. I read his comments, that’s all. Such behavior is not in the style of the club and not in my style at all.
But Nagelsmann still stands his ground. “I read a lot about the attacks, but in fact my words were not. If a player “drops out” and then he plays, everyone says: “What kind of idiot is this Nagelsmann? He allowed himself to be blinded.”
My answer was simply this: I prepare as if Mbappe will play, the same goes for Messi, I prepare the team as if both of them will play because they have other good players who can fill these positions. ‘, Nagelsmann said.
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