Milan Skriniar, the Paris Saint-Germain defender, is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious ankle injury in the Trophée des Champions against Toulouse on Wednesday.
The Slovakia international, who joined PSG from Inter Milan in the summer, was substituted in the 71st minute of the match after appearing to twist his ankle. He is now expected to undergo surgery, which would rule him out for several months.
Skriniar’s injury is a major blow for PSG, who are already without Presnel Kimpembe, who is also recovering from an ankle injury. The French club have been linked with a move for a new defender in the January transfer window, but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to find a suitable replacement before the deadline.
Skriniar’s injury is a setback for the 28-year-old, who was expected to be a key part of PSG’s defense this season. He had been a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino, but he had been criticized for his lack of pace and his tendency to make mistakes.
Skriniar’s injury is also a blow to Slovakia, who are preparing for the World Cup in Qatar later this year. The defender is a key player for his national team, and his absence will be a major loss.