Marco Verratti, Renato Sanches ruled out Wednesday, Nuno Mendes cleared
PSG won't be able to count on midfielders Marco Verratti and Renato Sanches for their game against Angers on Wednesday, Jan. 11, announced manager Christophe Galtier.
Galtier, speaking to the media in a pre-game press conference on Tuesday afternoon, revealed that "Verratti felt pain in his right quadriceps and had to leave [Tuesday's] training session."
The PSG coach also announced the forfeiting of Renato Sanches from Wednesday's match with the Portuguese midfielder having missed games recently and expected back for next weekend's game against Rennes away from Paris.
The injury picked up by Verratti was unknown until Galtier revealed it speaking to the media members in the press room. So much so, in fact, that we included him in our Predicted XI for Wednesday's game against Angers in the middle of the pitch along with Vitinha and Warren Zaire-Emery.
With Verratti and Renato Sanches out, the midfield of PSG will probably feature Vitinha, Zaire-Emery, and a returning Danilo to handle the most defensive of roles among those in the midfield triangle.
Marco Verratti and Renato Sanches won't play until Sunday, Nuno Mendes could come back Wednesday
Verratti missed last Friday's matchup against Chateauroux having picked up a suspension for yellow-card accumulation. He will have to stay out of the pitch until next weekend at the very least having picked up a quadriceps injury on Tuesday's training session.
In related news, PSG's list of available players for Wednesday's clash against Angers includes Nuno Mendes, which implies he's fit enough to at least get some playing time off the bench after picking up an injury with Portugal while in Qatar playing the World Cup.
Both Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi, who spent a week off resting and on vacation touring the USA, are expected back at Camp des Loges on Thursday in order to get ready and fit for the game against Rennes later this week on Sunday, Jan. 15.