The Argentine superstar will have to wait a bit longer for his debut with the French giants as he builds his fitness
Purpose can confirm that Lionel Messi and Neymar were left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain squad for their Ligue 1 clash with Brest on Friday.
Pochettino has already communicated privately who will be involved with Stade Francis-Le Ble, with Messi missing out on the cut because he is still recovering quickly after his summer holiday.
The Argentine, who joined PSG on a free transfer after his surprise exit from Barcelona earlier this month, will be sidelined alongside former Blaugrana team-mate Neymar and Leandro Paredes, both of whom have just returned to the full training.
Messi’s debut delayed
PSG fans will now have to wait a little longer before seeing Messi in action, and PSG will only have to be in action again on August 29 in Reims.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will almost certainly be ready to play a role in the match, after starting to practice with the rest of the group, but will likely return to Argentina after that, as the first international break of the season takes effect.
Messi, who helped his country win the Copa America in July, originally agreed to sign a new contract with Barca after becoming a free agent, but they were forced to announce his departure after a 21-year-old career with trophies at Camp Nou due to their ongoing financial struggle.
The 34-year-old was subsequently picked up by PSG for a two-year contract, and will be expected to help them fight for silverware on both the local and European front when he is back in full fitness.
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Purpose understand that Pochettino will name a team similar to that of PSG’s 4-2 win over Strasbourg last weekend, such as Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Archaf Hakimi.
However, the Parisian outfit will be even stronger this time as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti and Marquinhos return in the fold, and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will be in line for his first appearance since joining the club ahead of Keylor Navas.
PSG can reach three points at the top of Ligue 1 with a second consecutive victory, while Pochettino is trying to bring the title back to Parc des Princes after their surprise loss in the title race of Lille last season.