Revealed: Lionel Messi’s status for PSG vs Chateauroux

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Christophe Galtier has, on Thursday, provided an update on the availability of star man Lionel Messi.

Messi, of course, has not featured in either of PSG’s last two fixtures.

This comes after the veteran attacker was afforded additional time off to celebrate and recover, on the back of Argentina’s triumph at the World Cup.

In his absence, the French champions have endured an altogether tough go of things, first requiring an injury-time Kylian Mbappe winner to get the better of Strasbourg.

And this was followed last time out by a first defeat of the Ligue 1 season, when high-flying Lens put three goals past Galtier and co. at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of Messi’s availability was put to PSG’s boss.

This comes as the Parisians prepare to make the trip to minnows Chateauroux, for a French Cup clash.

Messi, though, despite returning to training, will play no part.

‘He’s had a fantastic World Cup,’ Galtier began. ‘He had commitments, going back to his country for the celebrations and we wanted him to recover back home with his family.’

‘He will not play tomorrow. Having discussed with him, we want him to be ready for the following game (against Angers in Ligue 1).’

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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