Neymar absent as Lionel Messi returns to PSG training

Paris Saint-Germain’s final training session ahead of tomorrow’s Coupe de France trip away to Châteauroux saw Lionel Messi make his full return to training – having returned to the training ground yesterday to a guard of honour from his teammates after his World Cup-winning exploits with Argentina.

There were two notable absentees on Thursday morning in Neymar and Renato Sanches. Also out of action was Marco Verratti, who is suspended. The Brazilian forward had been suspended for the match against Lens last Sunday, while Sanches had picked up a knock in the team’s friendly matches during the international break. Messi is not expected to be rushed back straight away for the cup clash.

Several youngsters, including Kylian Mbappé’s younger brother Ethan, were involved, while the World Cup top scorer is away on holiday in the USA along with Achraf Hakimi. Nuno Mendes and Presnel Kimpembe, meanwhile, are still recovering from injury.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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