L’Équipe report today that Mauro Icardi is absent from the Paris Saint-Germain squad to start the Ligue 1 season off against Clermont tonight so as to allow him to settle a private matter.
The Argentine, who is among the 11 players who were placed on the club’s transfer list at the start of the summer, remains at the club but was ostensibly not set aside by Christophe Galtier for tactical reasons.
The former Inter man had been in the squad for the pre-season tour of Japan, but was an unused substitute in the 4-0 win over Nantes in Tel-Aviv that saw the team lift the Trophée des Champions.
Icardi had missed several days of training last season amid a much-publicised separation with his wife and agent Wanda Nara, which would even see him miss out on a Champions League fixture against Leipzig.
The press in Argentina have indicated in the last few days that Nara has once again asked for a divorce, which the player himself has denied on social media. It remains unclear whether his absence from tonight’s game is linked.