Warren Zaire-Emery, a key figure in Luis Enrique's starting XI this season, faces a significant setback with a "medium-severity sprain of his right ankle," as revealed by a PSG press release. The club released a statement yesterday in which they revealed an absence "until the winter break."
WZE was injured during his debut with the France senior team against Gibraltar last week in the play in which he also scored his first goal for the national side.
While this injury poses a challenge for PSG in terms of fielding their best XI, the club is expected to err on the safe side of things and to plan on prioritizing caution over a rushed return for the talented youngster.
Zaire-Emery became the youngest player on the French team since World War II on Saturday's match, suffering the injury on a tackle inside the box. Despite contributing with a goal in the game on that same play, WZE was forced to exit the game immediately.
WZE is currently sporting an orthopedic boot and starting his treatment protocol. He will miss the next seven matches for PSG according to the expected timeline for his return if all goes according to plan. The club, having learned from the injury struggles of players like Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes last season, intends to adopt a careful approach to the young midfielder's recovery to not fall for the same mistakes.
Le Parisien reported on Wednesday that PSG are "committed to avoiding any hurriedness in Zaire-Emery's rehabilitation." The club, recognizing the potential risks of rushing the recovery process, aims to ensure the midfielder's health takes precedence above everything else.
Zaire-Emery has started in 14 out of 15 possible matches played by PSG through the international break.