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Pochettino leaves open possibility of Messi debut at Brest

  • Published at 09:15 pm August 19th, 2021
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Lionel Messi during PSG training in Paris last week Reuters

Messi had not trained for a month after steering Argentina to the Copa title with a 1-0 win over Brazil in the final

Lionel Messi may be in the Paris Saint Germain squad for their Ligue 1 visit to Brest Friday, manager Mauricio Pochettino said but he remained tight-lipped on whether the six-time Ballon d'Or winner would finally make his debut.

The 34-year old Messi is yet to feature for the French giants after joining them from Barcelona earlier this month and he was presented to the fans ahead of PSG's 4-2 home win over Strasbourg Saturday.

Pochettino said this in a news conference when asked if his Argentine compatriot would be involved in the match against Brest.

Messi had not trained for a month after steering Argentina to the Copa America title with a 1-0 win over rivals Brazil in the final.

Having won 10 LaLiga and four Champions League titles during his 17-year career at Barca, Messi left them on a free transfer after the Catalan club's president Joan Laporta said they could no longer afford to keep him.

Pochettino also suggested speculation that Kylian Mbappe might leave the club in the current transfer window amounted to nothing, with the France World Cup winner a target for Real Madrid, according to media reports.

PSG can provisionally go three points clear at the top of the table if they beat Brest to make it three wins out of three at the start of their campaign to wrestle the league title back from last season's champions Lille.

They are currently third on six points, behind leaders Angers and promoted Clermont Foot on goal difference.

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