Marquinhos injured his hamstring while playing with Brazil

Brazil v Argentina - FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier
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Brazil endured another setback in their quest for the 2026 World Cup, losing 0-1 to South American giants Argentina. As if the loss wasn't damaging enough, Brazil also saw their and PSG's captain Marquinhos leave the match with a hamstring injury.

The central defender, who started the game for Brazil, was forced to exit at half-time after experiencing some thigh issues, which has raised some doubts about his availability for upcoming crucial fixtures once players return to club competitions later this week.

In an exclusive interview conceded to L'Equipe's Eric Frosio, Marquinhos told the reporter, "During an action, I felt something in my hamstring and, then, it hurt. That's why I came out."

Asked about what's next, Marquinhos said, "We'll see, I passed the first exams, and it hurt me when stretching." Added the defender: "When I arrive in Paris I'm going to do new exams to get a better look."

Looking ahead, Marquinhos expressed uncertainty about his immediate return to play, especially for the PSG vs. Monaco clash on Friday and the subsequent match against Newcastle next Tuesday.

Marquinhos stated, "I don't know, we will wait and keep working. I'm going to arrive on Thursday, so it's going to be a little short for Monaco even if I don't know how I'm going to feel in a few days. I hope it's nothing so I can play as soon as possible."

With Marquinhos also injured, PSG will need to deal with that absence as well as the one of Warren Zaire-Emery, another important member of the starting XI on a weekly basis.

With a crucial Champions League fixture against Newcastle looming next Tuesday, Marquinhos will face a steep challenge and a tight timeline for his recovery, although PSG should have enough players and talent in their roster to make up for his absence.