Lionel Messi Rested For PSG’s French Cup Tie After World Cup Return

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Argentina’s World Cup winning captain Lionel Messi Minos will not travel to Paris Saint-Germain for their French Cup tie with Chateauroux on Friday. The 35-year-old, seven-time Ballon d’Or winner resumed training in France on Wednesday and celebrated the crowning World Cup win of his career three weeks ago. PSG coach Christophe Gaultier suggested the forward could play in their next league fixture on January 11, at Angers at their Parc des Princes home. “We want him to rest and take time to settle down with his family, he certainly won’t play tomorrow (Friday),” Gaultier told a news conference on Thursday.

“I have spoken to him and we hope it will work out so that he will be available for the next match,” he said.

Gaultier urged PSG fans to give Argentina a warm welcome despite his key role in defeating France in the World Cup final.

“This is Lionel Messi and we are lucky to have him. So I hope our fans will celebrate his return.”

Messi was given a guard of honor by his teammates at the club’s training ground on Wednesday.

Kylian MbappĂ© And Neymar Will also miss Friday’s match, with the French striker on holiday and the Brazilian nursing a sprained ankle.

“We planned to give Neymar some time to fully recover from his World Cup injury and this is going to happen in the meantime,” Gaultier said.

Neymar was injured in their opener against Serbia in Qatar, but scored in their last-16 win over South Korea before a painful elimination by Croatia.

“I’m not worried about Neymar, he’s very bad about the World Cup but I can see he’s fully invested in us,” Gaultier said.

Gaultier said the trip to third-division Chateauroux would be a good chance to run out some players in the squad.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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