Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
PSG's official website has provided (in French) a brief update on Thiago Silva's hamstring injury.
The Daily Mail's Twitter account summarises the news:
PSG confirm Thiago Silva will be out for 'several weeks' with a hamstring injury— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 13, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Thiago Silva is in danger of missing PSG's opening Champions League match after he was struck by a hamstring injury in the Ligue 1 club's friendly against Napoli.
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson provides an update on Silva's injury and recovery:
Per @RMCsport PSG's Thiago Silva is out for 5 weeks, but could return in time for the first UCL group stage game.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 12, 2014
Ian Holyman of ESPN FC predicts Silva's injury absence, quoting manager Laurent Blanc saying to beIN SPORTS:
For the moment, we know that he has had a muscle problem. That's clear. As for the seriousness of the injury, he'll have to undergo tests in Paris. I think there's a muscle strain. It's the black point of the evening.
We tried to calculate the playing time of those who had played against Reims. It was planned that he came off at half-time. Unfortunately, after 10 minutes, there was a muscle problem. That happens. He's going to have to recover, because we'll need him.
Paris Saint-Germain's 2014-15 campaign may be off to a disastrous start, as star defender Thiago Silva was forced to leave the pitch against Napoli with an injury inside the first 15 minutes.
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson shared the news:
Bad news for PSG. This questionable friendly already has its first casualty. Captain Thiago Silva forced off injured after 13 minutes.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 11, 2014
The Brazilian centre-back tried a back heel and seemed to come down with a hamstring injury, which could be terrible news for Les Parisiens. BeIN Sports has video of the incident:
Silva left the pitch to a standing ovation from the Napoli fans, and he was replaced by compatriot Marquinhos.
The friendly between Napoli and PSG was criticised by some of the club's fans as "unnecessary," given the fact the Ligue 1 season has already started. The decision to play his regular starters may now come back to haunt Laurent Blanc, especially if Silva's injury forces him to miss a sizable part of the season.
Bleacher Report's Jerrad Peters is of the same opinion:
Looks to be Thiago Silva's hamstring. That could mean a few weeks on the sidelines after being injured in a meaningless friendly.— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) August 11, 2014
According to Johnson, the early signs are not very good at all, and he doesn't like what it means for the club:
Silva looks extremely angry. Suggests that he knows it is bad. Was a pointless backheel to attempt to be fair. PSG problems at CB continue.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 11, 2014
Suddenly PSG looking at a first choice CB pairing of Marquinhos & Luiz for the foreseeable future. Not pretty based on M's pre-season form.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 11, 2014
As shared by Peters, the Brazilian centre-back, who is widely regarded as the single greatest defender in the world, needed a lot of help just to make his way to the dressing room:
Thiago Silva - his right hamstring all taped up - requires two PSG physios to help him off the bench and back down the tunnel.— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) August 11, 2014
Silva is the mental leader of PSG's entire defensive unit, and as one of the best communicators in the sport, he is perhaps most valuable to Les Parisiens for the way in which he organises the defence and makes sure everyone does their job.
New signing David Luiz struggled tremendously without Silva at his side at the 2014 World Cup, once again emphasising that for all of his physical tools, he lacks the mental fortitude to lead a defence.
Marquinhos' pre-season form has been spotty at best, and the youngster simply doesn't look ready to start for a club that have their eyes on Champions League glory in 2014-15.