According to Christophe Galtier, the coach of the club, Lionel Messi won’t be returning to Paris Saint-German until “2nd or 3rd Jan.” The 35-year-old continues to spend time in Argentina following his victory in the penalty shootout over France.
Galtier said that Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr., who played for France and Morocco at Qatar 2022, could be back in the PSG team for Wednesday’s Ligue 1 match against Strasbourg. As long as they “do well mentally and physically,” Galtier added.
After a six-week break for the World Cup, the French domestic season resumes with PSG leading Lens by five points.
Galtier claims that players who have suffered in Qatar will be able to return to football if they are unable to play this week’s Ligue 1 matches.
The PSG coach said that he had sent messages of support and congratulations to those who were disappointed.
They are elite-level footballers and I believe that they should return to work as soon as possible. There, they can be surrounded by their friends and get back a taste of competitive football.
“I have noticed that everyone is mentally prepared for us to work again. I witnessed Kylian congratulate Leo as well as the opposition manager at the trophy ceremony. These are acts of respect between our players.
“What I will always remember is Kylian’s positive attitude. He showed class and savoir-faire despite his disappointment. This is a great thing for the team as well as the club.
PSG and Lens will meet in a major top-of-the-table clash on Sunday. However, Galtier believes that the previous form is not important as the six-week break means that the restart for teams will be “like a new season”.
PSG’s second half of the season will be action-packed as the Champions League and French Cup return.
Galtier is optimistic that he will have a full squad, minus Messi, in the next few days. This includes Neymar, who sustained an ankle injury during the World Cup group stages, but was able to return to Brazil’s knockout matches.
Galtier stated that the players who returned, have dealt with on a case-by-case basis, both mentally and physically.
“Unfortunately, some players were eliminated earlier than others. However, Achraf, Kylian, and other players were keen to be back with us quickly.
“As long they are doing well mentally and physically, we don’t have to leave them out of the next two league matches, which will be extremely important.”
“But, it’s up to us to decide when is the best time to let them rest and decompress over the next few weeks. Tomorrow’s game will see all of the players who returned.
“The Portuguese, Spanish, and Brazilians took about ten days off. But everyone returned at the agreed time and is now training normally.”