Mauro Icardi will still be absent for the trip to Bayern Munich’s lair this Wednesday, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). A bad habit for the Argentine striker, who has been accumulating physical problems and misforms for a long time. To the point of regret his transfer?
Some players give the impression of spending more time in the infirmary than in the field. Especially at PSG. Looking at it more closely, this observation is sometimes a little excessive. But not for Mauro Icardi. While the critics in the matter focus on Neymar or Marco Verratti, the Argentine striker is going through the season like a real intermittent. Since last summer, the 28-year-old striker has only appeared in 19 games in all competitions. For 7 goals and 6 assists. With a total of 1,232 minutes spent on the lawn. That is the equivalent of around 14 full matches.
He missed 22 games this season
At the same time, he missed 22 games played by PSG. Including the entire group stage of the Champions League. Holder in the first leg and back against FC Barcelona, in the round of 16, he did not score in the competition. His last goal in C1 dates back to December 11, 2019, when he scored against Galatasaray at Parc des Princes (5-0). A little less than a year and a half ago. The fault of repeated physical problems, which prevent Icardi from giving the full measure of his talent.
Since last summer, the Argentinian international (8 caps, 1 goal) has accumulated health concerns. He started the season by catching the Covid-19 after the holidays of part of the workforce in Ibiza, in the Balearic Islands. The center forward then suffered a knee injury from early October to late November. Before going on with adductor pain, which kept him away from the field until January. Stomach problems briefly left him on the sidelines early last month. And now he has been hit in the thigh since March 18. For a period that seems indefinite.
Only 6 goals in 2020
When one of its players is injured, Paris usually establishes an official recovery schedule. More or less precise. Like all clubs. But in Icardi’s case, it’s rare that a horizon is clearly set. The former Inter captain is regularly declared “in the recovery phase”. Without any real prospect of improvement. Package for the trip to the lair of Bayern Munich, this Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1), it is not at all certain to be present for the return, next Tuesday at the Parc des Princes (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1).
Another quack for a player bought 50 million euros last summer, after a rather convincing first season on loan. In 2020, Icardi has only participated in 16 matches with the PSG jersey. By scoring 6 goals. A ratio very far from the hopes placed in him (even if the year was partly truncated by the pandemic). And the year 2021 seems to have started on the same bases. To the point of darkening his future with the champions of France? Nothing today allows us to say so. But at this rate, his case will inevitably become problematic. Especially since his contract runs until 2024.