PSG are one of the teams that will suffer the most until all of their players are back from the World Cup. Brazil couldn't make it past the quarter-finals in a very disappointing tournament for them. When is Marquinhos, the PSG captain, expected back?
PSG superstars Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe brought down the World Cup curtain last Sunday in impressive fashion.
The World Cup final, pitting Argentina and France against each other, wasn't an exciting one until Mbappe decided to make things interesting, although ultimately it was Argentina's third triumph at the World Cup and Messi's first ever.
It was, also, one of (if not the) the greatest World Cup finals ever played.
Will Marquinhos be available for PSG against Strasbourg on December 28th?
Brazil, led by Marquinhos on defense and Neymar on offense, got eliminated in the quarter-finals round by Croatia.
In fact, the PSG center-back and captain was the player missing the penalty that sent Brazil home from the World Cup after missing his attempt from the spot in the shootout.
The game against Croatia took place on Dec. 9, which is already more than 10 days away. That is an important number, as it's the margin coach Christophe Galtier gave all of his World Cup internationals as the recovery time allowed for them after getting eliminated.
The ultimate decision of when returning players make it back to the field will come down to Christophe Galtier, and all will be allowed to stay away from Paris for at least the 10-day permission they were officially given by the staff members of the club.
Marquinhos will be returning to Paris on Thursday, December 22nd. The Brazilian defender, aged 28, was given a little bit more room as the captain of PSG and by the time he returns to Paris, he will have spent nearly two weeks away from football activities.
It was Marquinho's wife Carole Cabrino who revealed the exact date of his return to training with PSG on Instagram a few hours ago, confirming it will happen on Dec. 22 (next Thursday).
PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is believed to have discussed the return of Brazil internationals Neymar and Marquinhos, giving them a little bit more room knowing the impact of getting eliminated by Croatia in the World Cup quarter-finals might have had in them.
Neither Marquinhos nor Neymar is expected to play on Dec. 28 against Strasbourg as they have yet to return and train for a few days. They would probably not feature for the full 90 minutes against RC Lens on Jan. 1 either as they have still to come back and get ready and fit enough to play those many minutes.
PSG has taken a player-by-player approach and will study the fitness and mental status of all returning World Cup participants differently to not risk injuries at the start of the second half of the season.
PSG already had all of their (fit) internationals from Portugal (Vitinha), Costa Rica (Keylor Navas), and Spain (Carlos Soler and Fabian Ruiz) available and training at Camp des Loges on Monday, as we reported yesterday.