TFC will be without many important elements of their squad against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions Cup match at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, January 3.
TFC starts the year with a cup. Toulouse, who won the Coupe de France last year, will face Ligue 1 winner PSG for the traditional Champions Cup this Wednesday evening (20:45).
A match in which coach Carles Martinez will be without many important players. The Catalan coach will not be able to rely on the suspended Logan Costa as well as the long-term injured (knee) Zakaria Aboukhlal. However, residents of Toulouse can hope for the presence of Mikkel Desler and Niklas Schmidt, but they will not be making the trip either.
Desler, who received a blow to his calf against Rennes on December 17, has still not recovered. He will also miss the trip to Chambéry for the 32nd final of the TFC Coupe de France on Sunday, January 7. Toulouse staff estimate the period of time he was unavailable was “two to three weeks.” He could therefore return for the Ligue 1 restart at Metz on January 14 at the earliest.
Another package in the Haut-Garonnais rankings is Niklas Schmidt’s package. Although club president Damien Comolli wanted to be reassuring about the German football player’s participation in the Champions Cup at his press conference on December 21, the former Werder player will not participate. “He’s not ready,” Carles Martinez commented Tuesday simply. The 25-year-old German player, who did not feature in the last two championship matches, spoke in January 2023 about the “major mental problems” that occupied him.
As announced, Schmidt, who is supported by TFC, is also followed by the club’s mental coach Nodji Myaro Set. The newspaper contacted the player’s relatives, who reported his physical fatigue: “There is no serious situation. He has never played so many matches in the past between Ligue 1 and the Europa League.”
Facing PSG this Wednesday, Toulouse will be without Mamady Bangré, who eventually joined Burkina Faso to prepare for CAN. Other selected players (Magri, Costa and Diarra) will travel.