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Explanation provided for Lionel Messi’s absence from PSG’s squad to face Monaco

Explanation provided for Lionel Messi’s absence from PSG’s squad to face Monaco

 

An explanation for the absence of Lionel Messi from Paris Saint-Germain’s travelling squad to take on AS Monaco has been provided on Saturday.

Amid the club’s ongoing pursuit of yet another Ligue 1 title, PSG will of course return to action tomorrow afternoon, in a showdown with the aforementioned Monaco at the The Stade Louis II.

In turn, ahead of his side’s trip down south, Mauricio Pochettino’s travelling panel of players was, a short time ago, made official.

As alluded to above, though, one altogether noteworthy absence from the party came in the form of none other than Lionel Messi:

An explanation for as much has therefore since been provided, with PSG’s 7-time Ballon d’Or winner understood to have come down with a bout of illness:

‘Always open’

Interestingly, news of Messi’s impending absence on Sunday comes after none other than Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez was drawn on the woes of his one-time teammate earlier today.

Amid the Argentine’s ongoing struggles to rediscover his best form in the French capital – culminating in the home support in attendance at PSG’s meeting with Bordeaux last weekend taking aim at Messi courtesy of a series of boos and jeers – the possibility of the Blaugrana icon sealing a return to the Camp Nou in the near future was put to Xavi by the expectant media.

And Barca’s boss, for one, appears very much open to such a prospect, having confirmed that ‘the doors will always be open’ for Messi at the club:

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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