Verratti, Kimpembe, and Pablo Sarabia absent from training

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PSG will visit Rennes on Sunday as part of match day 19 of the Ligue 1 2022-23 season. In the last training session before the game, which took place on Saturday morning, neither Pablo Sarabia, Marco Verratti nor Presnel Kimpembe took to the Camp des Loges field with all three expected out of tomorrow's matchup.

Paris Saint-Germain will face Rennes at Roazhon Park on Sunday, Jan. 15, but they won't be able to count on midfielder Marco Verratti after the Italian suffered a quadriceps injury last Tuesday and keeps recovering from it.

Verratti was ruled out for the game against Angers on Wednesday and he will miss his third game in a row this weekend after not appearing in the French Cup game against Chateauroux because of yellow-card accumulation.

According to L'Equipe, there is optimism in the Parisian coaching and medical staff when it comes to Verratti's future availability, though, with the midfielder expected to be fit and ready to face Bayern Munich in mid-February.

Pablo Sarabia, Marco Verratti, and Presnel Kimpembe have been left off Sunday's trip to Rennes

Pablo Sarabia (soon to be sold to Premier League side Wolverhampton) and Presnel Kimpembe were the other two notable, albeit expected, absences at Camp des Loges on Saturday.

The former has already signed to play football for fellow Spaniard and new Wolves coach Julen Lopetegui with the deal between PSG and the Premier League side just hours from being announced at the time of this writing.

Kimpembe is still recovering from his nagging issues concerning the Achilles injury he sustained before the World Cup and which kept him off the France senior squad for the major tournament.

Portugal internationals Nuno Mendes and Renato Sanches, on the other hand, returned to the training group and exercised with the rest of PSG's first-team members normally. Mendes had already trained with the team earlier this week for the game against Angers but ultimately missed it.

The group of players present at Camp des Loges included titis Ilyes Housni, El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Ismael Gharbi, and Warren Zaire-Emery. All four should make it to the bench tomorrow with a slight chance of Zaire-Emery starting against Rennes in place of an underperforming Fabian Ruiz in the middle of the pitch.

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Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi also joined the group after returning from their week off vacationing in the United States. Both are expected to play against Rennes on Sunday.