MESSI RULED OUT OF MONTPELLIER CLASH
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that summer signing Lionel Messi won't be available for the league game with Montpellier this weekend as he works his way back to full fitness after a bruised bone. Messi had suffered the injury in the slender 2-1 home win over Lyon thanks to the late goal from substitute Mauro Icardi.
Pochettino gave an update on the fitness of Messi for the Montpellier during his pre-match presser on Friday. The PSG boss would be hoping that his players can maintain their perfect start to the new league season when they take on Montpellier at home.
PSG made it seven wins from seven games in midweek courtesy the late goal from Moroccan international fullback Achraaf Hakimi off the assist from Neymar in the slim away win over Metz.
Brazilian superstar Neymar has not been at his best in the opening weeks of the new season but he showed glimpses including his assist for the winner at Metz in midweek. Neymar has scored just one goal this season and that came from the penalty spot in the slim win over Lyon after he was adjudged to have been brought down by defender Jason Denayer.
Pochettino would be hoping for a stress-free game against Montpellier after his team needed to score in added time to win each of their last two games in the league, at home to Lyon and away to Metz.
Messi signed for PSG on a free transfer last month and he's yet to score in two starts plus one substitute appearance. Bruised bone forced him to sit out the Metz game earlier this week and he's an early doubt for the blockbuster Champions League meeting with Manchester City on Tuesday. Messi has already returned to light training but the target is for him to make a return against the Citizens next week.