Messi sees PSG home debut delayed as Neymar is also ruled out of Pochettino’s plans – Latest News 2021

An Argentine superstar will not get to grace Parc des Princes on Saturday, with South American stars sitting out a meeting with Clermont
Lionel Messi has seen a home debut for Paris Saint-Germain delayed, with Neymar also being ruled out of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for a meeting with Clermont on Saturday.

An Argentine superstar has seen just 24 minutes of game time since securing a switch to Parc des Princes from Barcelona over the summer, with that solitary outing coming on the road at Reims.

Messi has been away on World Cup qualifying duty since then, breaking Pele’s record as the top-scoring South American in men’s international football, and only saw those endeavours come to a close on Thursday evening.

What has been said?

With there no way of getting Messi, Neymar and Co back into his squad following outings for Argentina and Brazil, Pochettino is having to favour alternative options.

The PSG boss has told reporters of the selection poser he faces: “For the South American players, for a matter of common sense, [Leandro] Paredes, Messi, [Angel] Di Maria, Neymar, they will not be there.”

While a number of star turns are set to miss out against Clermont, they are expected to come back into contention for a Champions League group stage opener against Club Brugge on Wednesday.

Who else is missing for PSG?

Pochettino is having to contend with the absence of a number of key men at present, with international performers being joined on the sidelines by those nursing untimely injuries.

Sergio Ramos, Marco Verratti, Colin Dagba, Juan Bernat, Layvin Kurzawa and Ismael Gharbi have all been ruled out in PSG’s latest fitness update.

There is some positive news for Pochettino, though, with Kylian Mbappe returning to training on Wednesday.

The World Cup winner had been forced out of France’s latest squad after picking up a knock in a meeting with Bosnia-Herzegovina on September 1, but he is raring to go once more.

Pochettino added: “Now Kylian is training with us and we’ll see tomorrow if he’ll be in the squad.”

Presnel Kimpembe also left the French fold during the latest round of action, but he is back in training at club level alongside Argentine striker Mauro Icardi.

Sergio Ramos has still not made his debut for PSG and is set to miss the next two important fixtures against Clermont and Club Brugges.

L’Équipe reports this Friday that Sergio Ramos has still not completely recovered from the left thigh injury he suffered at the end of July, shortly after arriving in Paris.

The former Real Madrid central defender has yet to make his debut for PSG and will once again be unavailable this weekend for the game against Clermont, nor for the Champions League fixture against Club Brugges on Wednesday, as confirmed by coach Mauricio Pochettino.

“He will not be there yet for the Brugge Champions League game. I’m not worried. He is following the steps he has to take,” said Pochettino at a press conference ahead of the game against Clermont.

“We alway think and we want the players to be back as fast as possible. I am sure that he will be well soon and available to play for the team.

PSG were expecting that Ramos would make his debut after the most recent international break that ended on Wednesday. However, it is now unclear as to when the 35-year-old will eventually line out for his new team, with Marquinhos and Kimpembe set to continue as PSG’s central defensive pairing for the upcoming games.

Another injury woe for Ramos

For its part, PSG has reported through a statement that the Spanish defender suffered a small calf injury last week, which has forced him to delay his debut with the Parisian team.

“In his physical reconditioning process, a calf discomfort appeared last week, which required an adaptation of his workload. As of next week he will resume his individual preparation on the field,” PSG stated.

Amid this latest setback, French media reports that PSG fans are becoming increasingly anxious over the Ramos situation. “The fans are beginning to get impatient,” reported Le Parisien.

No doubt Ramos will himself be anxious to get back on the pitch as soon as possible to contribute to PSG’s league and Champions League campaigns.

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