PSG to kick pre-season off against Le Havre on Friday

Paris Saint - Germain (PSG) Training Session
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PSG are set to play their first warm-up match against Le Havre on Friday at the PSG Campus, marking coach Luis Enrique's debut with the team.

The encounter will offer insights into the Spanish coach's tactical approach and the players' fitness levels. Luis Enrique has called up 27 players for this game according to Le Parisien, providing an opportunity for them to prove their worth and secure a spot in the upcoming tour to Japan from July 22 to August 2.

Some players, like Neymar and Carlos Soler, will miss the match due to recovery and rest, respectively. Others, including Kylian Mbappe, Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, and Danilo Pereira, are already fit and ready to play having returned to training a week later than most players.

New signings Manuel Ugarte, Lee Kang-In, Marco Asensio, Milan Skriniar, and Lucas Hernandez will also debut for PSG, although it's not clear how many minutes they'll get.

The match holds significance for some players aiming to join the summer tour in Japan with the rest of the first-team squad, mostly those on the verge of getting sold this summer after returning from loan spells away from Paris.

For players not selected for the tour, they will form a separate group of outcasts, signifying they are no longer part of the club's plans and will most probably depart before September's deadline.

Notable names in this group include Georginio Wijnaldum, Abdou Diallo, Leandro Paredes, Colin Dagba, Édouard Michut, Vimoj Muntu Wa Mungu, Djeidi Gassama, and Moutanabi Bodiang, some of whom have already gathered interest from clubs around Europe.

As excitement builds, PSG supporters eagerly anticipate this match to witness Luis Enrique's impact on the team's performance and to identify standout players for the upcoming season.

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