Christophe Galtier confirms Lionel Messi will return to PSG next week

In his press conference this afternoon ahead of his team’s return to Ligue 1 action tomorrow night against Strasbourg, Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has indicated that Lionel Messi would be returning to training next week.

His words reported by RMC Sport, the coach explained that a decision had been made to let the World Cup winner rest until January 1, and that he would return to the Camp des Loges the day after, or the next one. As a result, the forward will miss the trip to Lens on New Year’s Day.

Messi was granted ten days’ rest in the wake of his impressive World Cup campaign, having led Argentina to a long-awaited third title with a win in the final over France, the PSG man having scored seven goals along the way.

Kylian Mbappé, meanwhile, returned to training just three days after the final, in which he scored a hat-trick, while Neymar followed suit the day after, having been knocked out at the quarter-final stage with Brazil. 

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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