PSG will receive Nice in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France without its captain. Marquinhos was called up this Thursday by Tite, Brazilian coach, for the two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup scheduled between January 24 and February 2.
The Parisian defender is one of the 26 players called up for this particular international break, which only concerns the American continent. Neymar continues ankle rehabilitation and will not be traveling to face Ecuador (January 27) and Paraguay (February 2).
Already qualified, Brazil still summoned all the available executive players. From Thiago Silva (Chelsea) to Vinicius (Real Madrid) via Lucas Paqueta (Lyon) or Alisson (Liverpool).
These two matches should have taken place in March 2021 but the health crisis had forced the various American confederations (CONMEBOL and CONCACAF) to modify their schedule.
For PSG, this truce could therefore also concern four Argentines (Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Mauro Icardi) and the Costa Rican Keylor Navas. The invitations have not yet been announced for these two selections. About Messi, coach Lionel Scaloni left him the choice not to go to South America at the end of January. Already qualified also, the Albiceleste must move to 2,200 m altitude for a shock in Chile and then receive Colombia in Buenos Aires.
During the last international break in November, the seven-time Ballon d’Or had launched to his fans: “Thank you again for all the affection you bring us. In January, God willing, we will see each other again”. A short sentence interpreted by the local press as a definitive “yes” to his presence. But he has since contracted Covid-19 and has still not resumed collective training with PSG.