Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to Corsica tomorrow has been marred by an injury plagued international break with three key personnel all ruled out.
The club released an official statement yesterday with a prognosis on the injured parties. David Luiz is suffering from acute patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee. His participation for the back-to-back games against Real Madrid in the Champions League are in jeopardy. The medical staff at Camp des Loges are more confident than those working for the Seleção according to Le Parisien, but he will be out for at least the next week or two. He flew back to Paris at the back end of last week, thus missing Brazil’s 3-1 win over Venezuela.
After his heroics in the ‘classique’ against Marseille, Kevin Trapp was dealt a hammer blow by injuring his right thigh, which will put him on the shelf for at least a month. That rules him out of the two Madrid games. Le Parisien broke the news last week, even speculating that he could potentially miss six weeks. Hopefully, with any luck it will be considerably less than that.
This has opened the door for the forgotten man Salvatore Sirigu. The undisputed number one at the club for four years now has a golden opportunity to reassert himself as the club’s safest pair of hands.
Finally Marco Verratti will miss the flight to the Corsican island as he picked up a calf strain whilst with the Italian national team. But, also mentioned in the statement is young defender Presnel Kimpembe who will be out having sprained his ankle in the reserves.
So there is some reshuffling to be done by coach Laurent Blanc tomorrow. His players have been returning on different days this week after their international commitments so preparation has not been too smooth. Still, this is nothing new to him. The lads should be bouncing after the victory over Marseille but that old conundrum of playing below their full potential before a big European game is possible. It is no secret that we have a tendency to do this so LB will no doubt rejig his personnel with Cristiano Ronaldo and co in mind next week.