3 PSG defenders doubtful for the reception of Rennes

Nordi Mukiele, Marquinhos, Christophe Galtier, PSG
Nordi Mukiele, Marquinhos, Christophe Galtier, PSG / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

PSG will host Rennes on Sunday for the MD28 of the Ligue 1 season. With less than three days to kick-off, there are still doubts regarding the availability of three key defenders in Christophe Galtier's squad with all of those players facing an uphill battle to recover from their nagging issues.

A little over 48 hours separate PSG from facing Rennes but there are still big question marks floating about the heads of captain Marquinhos and right-backs Nordi Mukiele and Achraf Hakimi. None of the three men took part in Wednesday's collective training and only the Morocco international seems to have a chance of making the gameday squad, according to L'Equipe.

Last weekend, Christophe Galtier had to re-work his tactics and get back to a 4-4-2 formation. The main reason for that change was, simply put, a total lack of squad depth forcing him to use Danilo and Sergio Ramos in the middle of the line with El Chadaille Bitshiabu as the only player sitting on the pine as an emergency replacement/reserve.

That seems to be a probable outcome next Sunday, again, considering the latest news around the recovery (or better said, the lack of it) of multiple different defensive pieces.

To the season-long injury of Presnel Kimpembe, there are now the more than probable absences of Marquinhos, Nordi Mukiele, and Achraf Hakimi lately.

Marquinhos (ribs) was on the lawn at the Camp des Loges, but he seems to be following an individual training plan for now and he's not expected to resume collective training until next week.

Nordi Mukiele (thigh) is in doubt to face Bruno Genesio's Rennes. Achraf Hakimi (thigh) remained worked in the gym on Wednesday, separated from his teammates.

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The Morocco international is expected to miss this weekend's game against Rennes while he nurses his injury so any further damage is avoided. That was the case last weekend against Brest, even though PSG are playing for nothing more than lifting another (historic, it must be said) Ligue 1 title this season.