It is expected that the Argentine star, Lionel Messi, will play his first match in the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain, 24 days after he led his country to win the World Cup for the third time in its history, when he visits Angers, who are in last place, on Wednesday, in the eighteenth stage of the French Football League. .
Messi, 35, was the best player in the world seven times. He returned to Paris last Tuesday and received a warm welcome in the next day’s training, where the team’s players stood face to face and applauded him as he entered the training grounds, before receiving a gift of a cup from the manager. Portuguese team athlete Luis Campos.
He then continued his individual training before joining the team collectively from Monday, and thus he will be ready to play the match, as his coach Christophe Galtier wished in a press conference last Thursday when he said, “He played an amazing World Cup, made a lot of efforts and was exposed to a lot of interference. I will listen to what he has to say.” I hope he will be available for the match against Angers.”
On the other hand, there is doubt about the participation of the Brazilian star Neymar, despite his participation in part of the training on Monday as well. According to local newspapers, the medical staff will study the number of minutes that the Brazilian, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle injury, suffered during Brazil’s first match against Serbia in the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The continued absence of Mbappe and Hakimi
On the other hand, the other star, Kylian Mbappe, and Moroccan Ashraf Hakimi, who will return to training on Tuesday, will be absent in preparation for the match against Rennes next Sunday.
Galtier Mbappe and Hakimi were given a two-week vacation, as they were seen watching matches in the NBA in recent days.
The match will be easy for the French capital team, crowned 8 times in the last ten years in the league, against Angers, who have lost their nine consecutive matches in the league, especially since last September, and appear to be on their way to falling to the second division at the end of the season.
It is noteworthy that Saint-Germain will go to Doha on the 17th of this year to participate in a two-day training camp, after which he will head to Saudi Arabia to play a match against the stars of the Saudi League, where Messi is expected to face Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who has recently moved to Al-Nassr, in an upcoming match.
Runner-up with bottom runner-up
On the other hand, Lens, runner-up by 4 points, is also playing an easy match, when it is a guest on the penultimate-placed Strasbourg.
Lens has several trump cards in its ranks, most notably the Belgian Louis Obanda and its Ivorian captain Siko Fofana, noting that it is the only team that defeated Saint-Germain this season in various competitions by beating it 3-1 on the second of this month.
As for Marseille, it seeks to consolidate its third position, which directly qualifies for the Champions League, when it visits Troyes.
Marseille achieved victory in its last four matches in the league and strengthened its ranks on Monday by signing Ukrainian offensive midfielder Ruslan Malinovsky from Italian Atalanta on loan with the possibility of purchase.
In the other matches, Auxerre meets Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand with Rennes, Nantes with Lyon, Ajaccio with Reims, Brest with Lille, Lorient with Monaco and Nice with Montpellier.
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