Good news never comes alone.
The day after the victory in Bordeaux (1-0) with a team cut off from many of its executives, Mauricio Pochettino saw his injured stars, including Marco Verratti and Neymar, take a new step towards a return to competition.
This Thursday morning, while the holders of the match of the day before in Gironde were content to sweat indoors, the substitutes, entered into play or not, as well as the players in the recovery phase, themselves, performed a session on the lawn from the Loges camp.
In addition to Kylian Mbappé, who had not made the trip to Matmut Atlantique due to suspension, Leo Paredes, Mitchel Bakker, Xavi Simons, Edouard Michut, Thilo Kehrer or Angel Di Maria thus carried out a light training with the ball at the foot.
A cautious return to competition
But the good news of the day is that Marco Verratti was also able to frolic with the ball at his feet on the lawn of the Lodges camp.
Victim of a shock to the right foot last Thursday in training, the Italian midfielder, unable to walk normally, had to observe a few days of rest.
After resuming the race on Wednesday, this time he resumed ball exercises.
If this suggests that his contusion to the arch of the foot is about to be stored in the ray of bad memories, no risk should however be taken with the Italian for the trip to Brest on Saturday in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France.
A caution that also accompanies the return to competition of Neymar.
Wednesday evening in Bordeaux, Mauricio Pochettino was delighted to note that “his recovery was favorable”.
Affected in the adductors in Caen in the Coupe de France and promised at least four weeks of absence, the Brazilian did work with the ball this Thursday under the direction of Sebastiano Pochettino, the physical trainer.
He will still be too short to return to Brest this weekend, unlike Angel Di Maria who should return to the group a month after his thigh injury against Marseille.
Neymar seems in a position to return to the group for the reception of Barça next Wednesday.