In a significant setback for Nuno Mendes, PSG and the Portugal international have agreed to proceed with surgery for the left-back due to health concerns and to avoid possible further complications, ruling him out until 2024.
Mendes, who had yet to start a game this season, faced a setback with a rupture of the conjoined tendon in his right hamstring during pre-season training.
PSG confirmed that the 21-year-old will undergo surgery in Finland on Friday, following new medical examinations and an in-depth study of his condition by the club's medical department after the operation concludes to set a timeline for his return.
Struggling to make a comeback in recent weeks, Mendes' persistent injury led to this decision. His problems began during the 2022 World Cup.
Despite being active through the second half of last season, Mendes experienced muscular issues in the latter part of it. His last appearance was on April 30 in a match against Lorient, where he entered the game but had to leave prematurely due to a right thigh injury.
PSG disclosed that Mendes is expected to be unavailable for approximately four months, meaning he won't return to play until 2024, possibly in early February at the earliest.
This poses a significant setback for both the player and PSG, as they currently have limited options in the left-back position with only Lucas Hernandez and Layvin Kurzawa. The club hopes Mendes can be back for the Champions League knockout stages--provided PSG qualifies for them.