Marquinhos and Warren Zaire-Emery, nearing a return

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PSG manager Luis Enrique confirmed the unexpected availability of Marquinhos and Warren Zaire-Emery for the upcoming PSG vs. Nantes match on Saturday evening, although it's unclear how fit they will be to play so quickly after returning to the training ground just a few days ago.

The return of Marquinhos was reasonably expected to happen soon after he suffered a brief setback with a minor muscle issue during his time playing international football with the Brazil national team in the last international break.

The return of young midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery, however, is particularly shocking considering he was initially considered to remain sidelined for the remainder of the 2023 calendar year if not more.

PSG did not include either player on the injury list in their latest medical update ahead of the game against Nantes on Saturday, but it'll be highly unlikely for them to get large minutes, let alone start this weekend.

Coach Luis Enrique, when asked about the availability of these two, joked about it by stating "The situation of Marquinhos... He is married, he has children, he is happy (he smiles). Today he trained with the team, he is doing well.

"Warren is fine too. He trained with the team," said Luis Enrique. The manager said both of them "are available, so it is wonderful news for the players first, for the team then, and for the coach finally." He didn't mention whether or not they will end up playing, however.

All things considered, this is basically a small miracle, especially considering Zaire-Emery's mid-term concerns and his sudden recovery.

Both players will be available for Saturday's match, although it appears that Zaire-Emery may not be fully fit to play nor start any games this or next week against Nantes in Ligue 1 and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.