FILE PHOTO: Soccer Soccer – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Olympique Lyonnais – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – September 19, 2021 Paris St Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino with Lionel Messi as he’s subsituted REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
September 24, 2021
(Reuters) – Lionel Messi has been dominated out of Paris St Germain’s match in opposition to Montpellier as he has not absolutely recovered from a bone bruising harm, however supervisor Mauricio Pochettino hopes he returns for his or her midweek match in opposition to Manchester Metropolis.
Messi suffered a knock on his left knee and an MRI scan earlier this week confirmed indicators of a bone contusion. He missed PSG’s 2-1 victory at Metz on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Argentine ahead, who joined the French membership from Barcelona on a two-year contract in August, shall be assessed once more on Sunday — forward of the Champions League house sport in opposition to Metropolis on Tuesday.
“Messi has began to run at this time… We’re going to assess him and we hope he improves,” Pochettino instructed reporters on Friday.
“On Sunday, we can give a constructive replace. We hope the whole lot goes effectively and he shall be accessible once more… Sure, we hope he can play (in opposition to Metropolis). We now have to be cautious.”
Pochettino stated the Metropolis match is not going to have an effect on his choice on Saturday, with Angel Di Maria anticipated to play the league sport as he stays suspended within the Champions League after his pink card in final season’s semis in opposition to the Premier League aspect.
“We’ll see, there are completely different choices and completely different techniques. We’ll see who offers the crew the suitable steadiness. We even have the pliability to alter as we go,” Pochettino added.
“Mauro Icardi is a participant who contributed lots up till his harm. He then recovered and has made a big effect. After all, he gives us another in our assault.”
PSG midfielder Marco Verratti will return to coaching on Sunday whereas defender Sergio Ramos, who has but to make his membership debut, continues to coach individually as he recovers from a calf harm.
Montpellier misplaced their two primary objective scorers from final season — Andy Delort and Gaetan Laborde — within the switch window however Pochettino stated he was nonetheless cautious of the aspect who’ve already scored 15 league objectives, second behind PSG’s 20.
“They work very arduous and we’ve seen that in our preparations,” Pochettino stated. “They’ve high quality gamers and it’s not simply their quick transitions, they will additionally develop their play and they’re affected person of their buildup.
“They’re a crew that performs engaging soccer. We’re anticipating them to make it tough for us.”
PSG are high of the Ligue 1 standings with an ideal win file from seven video games whereas Montpellier are tenth.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Davis)