France s midfielder #08 Warren Zaire-Emery receives medical treatment from medical staff during the UEFA EURO 2024 Group B qualifying football match between France and Gibraltar at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southeastern France, on November 18, 2023. AFP
The 17-year-old Zaïre-Emery sustained the injury when he became France’s youngest goal scorer on his international debut, in a record 14-0 rout of Gibraltar in European Championship qualifying on Saturday. A defender trod on his ankle as he was shooting into the top corner.
Coach Didier Deschamps said that tests showed no fracture but that Zaïre-Emery will need time to recover.
“It's still a significant injury that will certainly take several weeks (to heal),” Deschamps told French television show Téléfoot on Sunday. “You never want to lose players in matches like this. It could have been more serious.”
PSG has lost two of its four Champions League games in Group F and is in second place, one point behind leader Borussia Dortmund and one ahead of AC Milan in third.
PSG hosts Newcastle at Parc des Princes on Nov. 28 and then travels to play Dortmund on Dec. 13.
Zaïre-Emery is the latest prodigy to break into the national team and became France’s youngest scorer at 17 years and 255 days.
He impressed when PSG beat Milan 3-0 late last month, making several driving runs from midfield and providing two assists. He has two goals and two assists in the French league this season.
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