Paris Saint-Germain took care of business on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over J1 League side Kawasaki Frontale. Multiple PSG midfielders featured in the match, although both Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti were not included in the team’s squad list for the contest.
After the match, PSG manager Christophe Galtier explained (via L’Equipe) why both Paredes and Verratti did not take part in the team’s second friendly fixture of its preseason schedule.
“Leandro Paredes felt a small muscular discomfort at the end of the session, nothing serious, and we hope to recover him by the end of the tour,” Galtier said. “Marco Verratti resumed with a pain on the instep at the beginning of July and we decided not to include him, because he had only 5 collective sessions with us.”
Paredes suffered a season-ending groin injury last April, which sidelined him from PSG’s remaining Ligue 1 fixtures in its campaign and also the Argentina national team’s 2022 Finalissima matchup against the Italian national team. He did make his return to action in PSG’s 2-0 friendly win against Quevilly-Rouen.
On the other hand, Verratti did not end up featuring in any of Italy’s five total fixtures in June, including its UEFA Nations League home and away matches against Germany.
It remains to be seen on whether these two veteran PSG talents will end up playing in the upcoming friendly fixture against J1 League side Urawa Red Dragons.