Presnel Kimpembe, the return. Victim of a ruptured Achilles tendon on February 26 in Marseille (3-0 victory), the 28-year-old French international defender (28 selections) had resumed individual work on the field for several weeks. This Thursday, he reached another milestone. “Presnel Kimpembe carried out part of the training with the rest of the group,” indicates the club with 11 crowns of French champion. For the occasion, the person concerned was “hazed” by his friends on the grounds of the PSG Campus, in Poissy. Obviously, “Presko” is still far from applying for a place in Luis Enrique’s group. For example, he will not be in Reims on Saturday (5 p.m.), during the 12th day of Ligue 1, the last match before the international break.
Free at the end of the season, Presnel Kimpembe accumulated physical problems last season (15 matches). Confident in view of the World Cup in Qatar after having played a few minutes against Auxerre (5-0 victory), on November 13, 2022, and member of Didier Deschamps' list of 26, he finally had to withdraw at the last minute in due to an Achilles tendon injury. “The PSG defender does not consider himself sufficiently recovered to be able to hold his place in Qatar. The staff of the French team salutes his honesty,” the French Football Federation indicated at the time. “The latest tests have shown that I will not be able to ensure 200% performance and I do not want to destabilize the group,” said the person concerned, who was not at the end of his troubles.
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He returned to the field for a few minutes in Monaco (3-1 defeat) on February 11 before starting, with the armband, against Lille (4-3) eight days later. Again in Marseille, with a new tenure. However, he only played 16 minutes. The verdict was not long in coming: ruptured Achilles tendon. Trained at the club, Presnel Kimpembe played 236 matches (3 goals) with PSG. He was among the first to congratulate Warren Zaire-Emery on his first call-up to the Blues this Thursday, in Poissy.