Brazil once again faced defeat in the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, this time against their eternal rival, Argentina, who secured a 1-0 victory as visitors. The Selecao faced a setback as they lost their captain, Marquinhos of PSG, due to an injury. The defender explained that he experienced muscular discomfort and had to leave the game when the scoreline was 0-0.
During an interview with Eric Frosio of L’Equipe in Brazil, Marquinhos detailed his injury, stating, "During a play, I felt pain in my hamstring, and it worsened. That's why I had to step out. We'll see, I underwent some initial tests, and it hurts when stretching. Once I arrive in Paris, I'll undergo further examinations for a clearer understanding."
It's highly unlikely that he'll participate in the PSG vs. AS Monaco match due to the short gap between Brazil's match and the restart of Ligue 1. Marquinhos expressed, "I'm not sure; we'll wait and work on it. But I'll arrive on Thursday, so it'll be complicated for the Monaco match, although I'm unsure about how I'll feel in a few days. I hope it's not serious and that I can return as soon as possible."
For PSG, this serves as another setback following Warren Zaire-Emery's extended injury sidelining him for the entirety of 2023. Their upcoming Tuesday fixture against Newcastle at home in the Champions League holds a significant portion of their future, and Marquinhos has precisely one week to recuperate before that crucial match.