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Football: Messi returns to PSG in early January, says Galtier


Football Soccer - Argentina team arrives in Buenos Aires after winning the World Cup - Buenos Aires, Argentina - December 20, 2022 Lionel Messi of Argentina with the trophy as the team arrives at Ezeiza International Airport REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Lionel Messi of Argentina with the World Cup trophy as his team arrives at Ezeiza International Airport (REUTERS)

Lionel Messi will return to Paris St Germain in early January, the club’s Ligue 1 manager Christophe Galtier said on Tuesday.

Argentinian striker, seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, scored twice to lead his country to victory over France on penalties in the World Cup final nine days ago.

The 35-year-old Messi will miss PSG’s home game against Strasbourg on Wednesday and a trip to Lens on Sunday.

“He (Messi) had to return to Argentina for celebrations, receptions and we decided that he would be out of action until January 1,” Galtier told reporters.

“And so he will come join us, on the 2nd or 3rd, to be able to continue playing against us, when he will have 13-14 days of recovery.”

Galtier said all the other players are back on schedule and will be ready for Wednesday’s game, including France forward Kylian Mbappe.

Galtier dismissed suggestions of a rift between Messi and teammate Mbappe after the World Cup.

“There’s no reason to mix things up in the Kylian and Leo relationship,” says Galtier. “Kylian has a very good attitude after losing the World Cup.

“When you lose a World Cup final, you have reason to be very, very disappointed. He was very disappointed, but he knows how to move on and behave, and has a lot of congratulations to Leo and that’s good for the club and for the team.”

PSG released a statement saying Presnel Kimpembe will continue his recovery from an Achilles tendon problem for four weeks, while Nuno Mendes can resume training two weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury during the show. out the World Cup.

PSG is at the top of the rankings with 41 points after 15 matches, 5 points more than the second ranked team Lens.

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