As the September international break dawns, PSG's new training facility will soon be depleted of warm bodies as 19 players from PSG's first-team squad are set to appear in international matchups with their respective nations.
Following a promising start to the season, PSG is taking a break for around 10 days to accommodate the first international window.
Luis Enrique, the new PSG coach, will be left to his own devices as the bulk of his squad embarks on international duties. Notably, 19 players have left Paris to join their national teams, spanning senior and youth levels of the international game.
The most substantial contingent of PSG players finds themselves with the French national team, with four players selected. Here is the list of PSG players called up for national team duty:
France (4): Mbappe, Dembele, Hernandez, and Kolo Muani
France U19 (2): Zaire-Emery and Barcola
Italy (1): Donnarumma
Italy U19 (1): Ndour
Portugal (3): Danilo Pereira, Vitinha, and Goncalo Ramos
Spain (2): Asensio and Ruiz
Spain U19 (1): Tenas
Slovakia (1): Skriniar
Uruguay (1): Ugarte
Brazil (1): Marquinhos
Morocco (1): Hakimi
Costa Rica (1): Navas
Among those not selected for international duty, recovering from injuries, or temporarily absent are roughly 10 players. Notable names include goalkeeper Letellier, defender Mukiele, midfielder Soler, and forward Ekitike. There are also doubts surrounding Ethan Mbappe's availability as he recently sustained an injury while with the U19 team.
Additionally, three players are currently rehabbing their injuries and are out of commission, including Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, and Lee Kang-in. All three were expected to feature for their respective national teams, but their injuries prevented them from that.
Moreover, a few players who should have moved on during the summer transfer window are still part of the squad with their futures still unclear. This includes the likes of Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler, Edouard Michut, Moutanabi Bodiang, Louis Mouquet, and possibly Kenny Nagera, whose anticipated departure from Differdange does not appear to have materialized on schedule.