Paris Saint-Germain has been dealt with yet another injury blow as starting goalkeeper Keylor Navas will miss the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig, the club announced on Sunday.
Navas suffered a minor hamstring injury during PSG’s Champions League quarterfinal win against Atalanta. At first, Navas felt minor discomfort in his hamstring during the second half of the matchup. Navas decided he was good to continue, and PSG manager Thomas Tuchel elected to keep him in the match. However, the Costa Rican international continued to feel discomfort in his hamstring, and he was ultimately subbed off in the 79th minute, with Sergio Rico coming on to finish the contest.
PSG’s medical staff later conducted an MRI on Navas and confirmed that he sustained a tear in his femoral biceps.
Navas has not been a regular participant in training as of late due to his injury. He has not fully recovered from the ailment and thus, he will miss the season-defining fixture against Leipzig.
Rico is projected to start against Leipzig. The Spanish goalkeeper’s last Champions League start came in PSG’s home group stage matchup against Galatasaray earlier this season. PSG comfortably won the contest by a 5-0 final score, which was a fixture where Rico did not have to do much because Galatasaray failed to record a shot on target.
If PSG progresses into the Champions League final, the attention will then turn to Navas and whether he will be ready to go for the Aug. 23 match against either Bayern Munich or Olympique Lyonnais.
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