Verratti to miss Toulouse clash

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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti will be forced to watch the Ligue 1 clash against Toulouse from the stands after picking up an ankle injury in midweek.

The Italian playmaker lasted only 17 minutes in PSG's 1-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday before he was substituted due to the injury.

Further tests after the match revealed the injury wasn't too serious, but he is expected to be out for at least a week and will definitely miss the match against Toulouse on Saturday.

"Verratti underwent his first medical examination at the end of the Champions League meeting, before undergoing further [tests] this Wednesday," a statement on PSG's official website read.

"Hit in the left leg, the Italian midfielder is suffering from a sprained ankle that will force him to forfeit the match against Toulouse FC next Saturday in Ligue 1."

Verratti's participation in Italy's friendlies against Belgium and Romania, on November 13 and 17 respectively, is also in doubt, but even if he requires the maximum estimated recovery time, he should be fit for the Ligue 1 match against Lorient on November 21.