Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) can be with out Lionel Messi for the Ligue 1 conflict towards Lyon on the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The Argentine nice was recognized with Covid-19 final week and though he has accomplished a full restoration, the sport towards Lyon comes too quickly for him.
PSG may also be with out the companies of Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Danilo Pereira, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Layvin Kurzawa resulting from Covid-19, whereas Alexandre Letellier and Neymar Jr are injured.
Messi spent the winter break in Argentina and reportedly examined optimistic for Covid-19 at residence. The 34-year-old instantly went into quarantine and made a swift restoration, as he returned to PSG earlier this week to step up preparations for the sport towards Lyon.
Messi was noticed doing particular person work at PSG coaching, which was the primary indication that he wouldn’t be concerned this weekend. On Saturday, it was confirmed that the previous Barcelona star won’t be within the squad for PSG, with Kylian Mbappe set to begin up entrance for the Ligue 1 giants alongside Mauro Icardi.
PSG have sufficient firepower to beat Lyon regardless of Lionel Messi’s absence
PSG are ten factors away from Marseille on the high of the Ligue 1 standings and look set to reclaim their home crown this time round. Messi has scored simply as soon as within the league this season however continues to be an vital participant for Mauricio Pochettino, who can be and not using a handful of different key gamers for the journey to Lyon.
Speaking forward of the sport, the PSG supervisor remained tight-lipped about Messi however admitted that video games towards Lyon are all the time troublesome.
“The matches towards Lyon are all the time troublesome. They’re an excellent staff, excellent gamers and an excellent coach. It is a basic, between two rivals, and two excellent groups. Whether or not in Lyon or Paris, there are all the time excessive expectations round this assembly.”
“These are all the time difficult matches, so we should be within the recreation. We’re able to combat. We’re optimistic, we need to play a superb recreation and we hope to win. Lyon has among the best squads in France, and a terrific coach. I’m satisfied that this staff can be within the locations of honor on the finish of the season.”
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Messi is more likely to resume staff coaching within the coming days and is anticipated to be concerned in PSG’s Ligue 1 encounter towards Brest on the Parc des Princes subsequent week.