PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe succesfully underwent surgery on his torn Achilles on Tuesday and will soon start his recovery process. The France international suffered his latest injury on Sunday at the PSG 0-3 victory on the road at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
Soon after the game, PSG announced Kimpembe's injury would force him to miss the remainder of the season.
In an Instagram post published on his personal account on Tuesday following his surgery, Kimpembe wrote: "A big thank you to all the medical staff of PSG and to Professor James Calder. Warriors always come back stronger."
According to the medical reports, Kimpembe is facing a rehabilitation process that could last "eight or nine months," and that most probably will keep him off the pitch for well into the 2023-24 season, targeting a winter (November/December) return as the soonest target date.
Presnel Kimpembe missed the World Cup and won't be back until next December
Kimpembe already missed the World Cup last December having suffered a similar injury prior to the tournament. He was included in Didier Deschamps' preliminary list of called-up players but he ultimately forfeited the tournament.
The 27-year-old defender should still have plenty of top-level years ahead of him but injuries might be starting to put too many doubts over his future career. He only lasted 15 minutes on the pitch at the Stade Velodrome before being forced off the field having suffered his Achilles injury on a sprint trying to catch Marseille's wing-back Nuno Tavares.
Speaking to the media in his post-game press conference, PSG manager Christophe Galtier already let us know that the club feared the worst and it was later confirmed by the medical staff of the organization.
Kimpembe had just returned to the starting lineup after missing ample time leading up to the World Cup break and he was aiming at boasting a prominent role during the remainder of the Paris Saint-Germainseason. Now, sadly, that won't be possible anymore. The center-back thus finishes the Ligue 1 campaign with just 11 games played and already looking forward to better days in 2023-24.