First brake in a lightning climb. PSG's young midfielder Warren Zaïre-Emery, who sprained his right ankle on Saturday during his first cap in Blue, will not play again in 2023 and will miss the Parisian club's next decisive matches. The verdict was expected, it came on Monday evening: "sprain of medium severity in the right ankle", announced PSG in a statement. The 17-year-old prodigy "will remain in treatment until the winter break", which is until the end of the year.

The Parisian club will have to do without him for the next two Champions League games against Newcastle, next Tuesday, then in Dortmund on December 13, decisive for qualification to the round of 1. "WZE", who has become a key part of Luis Enrique's team despite his very young age, will also miss at least five Ligue 2024 games before returning to the pitch in <>.

By scoring against Gibraltar at the age of 17 years and 255 days, Warren Zaïre-Emery became the youngest goalscorer in the history of Les Bleus since 1914! 💫

He was unfortunately injured on this play, good recovery Warren 💙

— Team of France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) November 20, 2023

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A big blow for the Parisian club, knowing that the midfielder is one of the most used players by the Spanish coach this season: he has participated in fifteen of the sixteen games played by PSG, all competitions combined, playing very often all the games, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

New star of the France team, Warren Zaïre-Emery was injured when he scored his first international goal, in his first cap, in the 16th minute of the match against Gibraltar – which turned into a total demonstration (14-0, a record in the history of the Blues). After an uncontrolled tackle by defender Ethan Santos, who was sent off for this gesture, the neo-international celebrated his first goal in Blue.

'Frustrated' but 'proud'

A few minutes earlier, he had become at 17 years eight months and 10 days the youngest player to play for France since the First World War, better than Eduardo Camavinga, who was 17 years nine months and 28 days old when he made his debut against Croatia (4-2 win) in 2020. "Frustrated that I had to leave the pitch so quickly but also proud and honoured to have celebrated my first cap with a goal," he wrote on Instagram on Sunday, adding: "Let's get to work to get back to work as soon as possible."

He had logically left the Blues in the wake of the match against Gibraltar in Nice, drawing a line on the trip to Greece, where France will play Tuesday on behalf of the qualifiers for Euro 2024 its last match of the year. Despite the absence of a fracture, "it's still a significant injury that will certainly require (...) several weeks," Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps said on TF1's Téléfoot Sunday show.

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