Paris Saint-Germain supervisor Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Lionel Messi is within the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Manchester Metropolis.
Messi took a knock to his knee within the 2-1 win over Lyon and has not been seen since snubbing Pochettino’s handshake on the way in which off the pitch, with the harm forcing him to overlook victories over Metz and Montpellier.
There had been doubts over whether or not Messi would make it again in time for a reunion with Pep Guardiola, however in Monday’s press convention, Pochettino revealed that the 34-year-old is again and out there.
The boss didn’t go into an excessive amount of element, saying (by way of L’Equipe): “I will not verify whether or not he begins till match day, however he’s out there.”
Messi may very well be joined within the squad by midfielder Marco Verratti, who has been out since late August along with his personal knee subject.
“He has been coaching nicely the previous few days,” Pochettino continued. “We expect he may very well be within the group.”
Tuesday’s recreation sees two of the pre-tournament favourites go head-to-head. Whereas Pochettino might boast essentially the most intimidating squad on paper, he insisted City have the benefit of being collectively as a squad for longer.
“It is a indisputable fact that we’re a crew below development, not an opinion,” he stated. “We’re enjoying towards Metropolis, led by the very best coach on this planet who goals of successful the Champions League.
“We additionally dream of successful the Champions League, however it’s a dream. We’re a membership that solely has 50 years of historical past. Perhaps Metropolis are forward of us but it surely’s nonetheless a soccer recreation and something can occur.
“I don’t consider [City are PSG’s biggest test]. The preparation for the season has been tough as a result of the group has needed to stand up to hurry after coming back from holidays, after which there was the switch window. Every recreation has been a unique problem.
“However we’ve got the satisfaction of getting obtained good outcomes as soon as the group was settled. We all know that the necessities in Paris is immediately, not tomorrow, and we should reply when the time comes.”