How much time will Renato Sanches miss with injury?
PSG hosted Toulouse last Saturday for the 22nd game of the Ligue 1 and earned a come-from-behind 2-1 victory. That win, though, came at the cost of losing Renato Sanches to injury just a few minutes into the game.
The Portugal international started the game on a defensive midfielder role behind Fabian Ruiz and Vitinha on Saturday. Just 10 minutes after the kick-off, though, he suffered a hamstring injury and had to leave the pitch getting replaced by El Chadaille Bitshiabu.
This is the fourth injury Sanches has suffered this season. Sanches has spent more time off than on the pitch since arriving in Paris last summer because of his shaky health.
Sanches suffered the injury after attempting a pass against Toulouse, being left in pain in his left thigh. Christophe Galtier said after the game that PSG expects Sanches to miss "a few weeks" while recovering from this last setback.
Renato Sanches is expected to miss "a few weeks" after suffering another thigh injury last Saturday
Speaking to Le Parisien on Monday, Doctor Jean-Bernard Fabre touched on the mental challenge this streak of injuries might be getting to Sanches, acknowledging that "every time you have to come back, knowing there might be a re-injury, that amplifies the risks of suffering another problem."
The doctor calmed PSG fans by adding that "at 25, an injury to the hamstring should not jeopardize his ability to resume his playing career, as (Sanches) is still young."
Even then, though, the lack of continuity in Sanches' play is starting to get a little bit worrying for Paris Saint-Germain and coach Galtier. With a squad limited in terms of the depth of all lines from the defense to the forwards, any and every warm body is very much needed.
It's still early to say where this saga will lead Sanches and PSG to, but it wouldn't surprise anyone if Paris ultimately ends up selling Sanches' damaged goods to whoever wants them instead of keeping him in tow while never knowing when he'll be available to play.