Marco Verratti will not play this Wednesday evening (9 p.m.), against Manchester City, in the Champions League. Hit in the quadriceps during the training the day before the match, the Italian international midfielder is not able to hold his place.

The Parisian staff waited before validating this decision, hoping that the care provided and the time would be sufficient, at least for this Wednesday evening, but since the beginning of the morning, he was not really under any illusion. This absence weighs a considerable weight given the role of Verratti in the outputs of the ball of the PSG and the fear which it inspires in the adversary.

Tuesday, at a press conference, Ilkay Gündogan, who did not know anything about the package of the Italian when he spoke, admitted how elusive this player was. Verratti, who emerged from an unavailability of four weeks due to an injury to a hip, had resumed Saturday, against Nantes (3-1). Holder, he had played 75 minutes. To replace him in a sentry role, Leandro Paredes, who has better technical mastery than Danilo Pereira, seems to be holding the rope, unless Mauricio Pochettino decides to move to 4-2-3-1.

This news is not the only bad side of Paris. Georginio Wijnaldum will not be able to play this Wednesday evening either. It was a pain behind a knee that blocked him on Tuesday in training. Attempts to get it back on its feet were unsuccessful. The Dutch international midfielder is not one hundred percent, far from it, and establishing him would represent a significant risk for the staff of PSG. Ander Herrera, with a large volume of races, could therefore benefit in a role of torchbearer.