Presnel Kimpembe back training

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Presnel Kimpembe reached a significant milestone in his recovery process as he's now returned to collective training with the rest of his PSG teammates after more than eight months on the shelves.

The defender, sidelined since the end of February due to a torn Achilles injury suffered during the OM vs. PSG clash last season, participated in Thursday's session, signifying a cautious yet positive step in his rehabilitation.

Initially, Kimpembe resumed ball work in early September, leading to his gradual reintroduction to group training on Nov. 9. Kimpembe's comeback was met with a warm reception from his teammates, who honored him with a guard of honor.

Despite not completing the entire session on Thursday and concluding with individual work, Kimpembe, whose contract expires on June 30, 2024, has reached a commendable stage in his extended recovery. The focus now shifts to monitoring his recovery schedule, although there is still still a long road to cover until he makes it to an actual game.

In terms of the Parisian injury list, only three players remain on the shelves at this point ahead of next weekend. Nuno Mendes is expected to return at the start of 2024. Danilo Pereira is expected back on the pitch by the end of the month, and Keylor Navas recently faced lower back problems and doesn't have a timeline.