With the matchup between Clermont and PSG just hours away, PSG made the decision to rule out five players ahead of this weekend's game against their lesser opponents.
Presnel Kimpembe, Marco Asensio, and Nuno Mendes headline the injured list, the latter undergoing surgery for a troubling hamstring issue in Finland earlier on Friday. The unavailability of Lee Kang-in, who is participating in the Asian Games until October 8, further depletes PSG's resources. Adding to the concern is the uncertainty surrounding Keylor Navas, who grapples with lower back pain, making his participation in the upcoming match questionable.
Manager Luis Enrique is left with strategic challenges as the medical update unveils a familiar picture. Kimpembe and Asensio remain in the recovery phase, while Mendes faces surgery recovery.
Notably, Kylian Mbappe's absence from the medical list suggests his potential readiness for this game, although caution might be exercised given the proximity of the Newcastle game pertaining to the Champions League scheduled for Wednesday.
The evolving situation prompts reflections on PSG's depth and resilience. The coaching staff faces critical decisions in player selection, mindful of the potential risks in upcoming fixtures with a schedule that will get more and more loaded as the season advances.