Marco Verratti, Pembele ruled out for game against Lens

Marco Verratti, Lionel Messi, Timothée Pembele, PSG
Marco Verratti, Lionel Messi, Timothée Pembele, PSG / Tim Clayton - Corbis/GettyImages

PSG will have to face Lens without one of their best players available for the nth time this season, the club announced on their medical update from Friday and one day before hosting the second-best team in the Ligue 1 for MD31.

Marco Verratti will miss the clash against Lens while he keeps recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the game against Olympique Lyon on Apr. 2nd after playing 60 minutes back then.

PSG face Lens on Saturday evening, but not even a late kick-off time will give Verratti enough time to recover ahead of the pivotal matchup.

Verratti will join Presnel Kimpembe, Neymar Jr, and Renato Sanches on the sidelines as none of them are expected to play either for the remainder of the season or for the next three weeks (in the case of Sanches) at the very least.

Another player that is questionable to be available, let alone play, on Saturday is right-back Timothee Pembele. The youngster didn't train with the group on Friday, staying indoors and working by himself instead.

It's still unknown if Pembele will be available, but we can consider him ruled out because 1) he's not good enough, 2) Galtier is not in a position to risk any setback in the recovery of any of his players, and 3) Achraf Hakimi's presence will definitely block him.

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PSG Medical Update from Friday

  • Suffering a hamstring injury in the game PSG played against Lyon at the start of April, Italy international and veteran midfielder Marco Verratti continued his recovery protocol on Friday and will keep on doing for a few days. He's considered unfit to face Lens tomorrow, thus forfeiting Saturday's game and the second in a row.
  • Timothee Pembele worked indoors on Friday aiming at strengthening his banged-up knee, which might end up ruling him out of Saturday's game against Lens too.