Messi was given two weeks off by his club after leading Argentina to glory in Qatar last month, returning to the training ground last Wednesday when he was given a guard of honor by his teammates. Messi is set for an appearance in 2023. The 35-year-old did not play any part in PSG’s Coupe de France win at Châteauroux last Friday but he did train normally on Tuesday and the expectation is that he will feature against Angers, although how long he plays for remains to be seen.
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The return of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has scored 12 goals in 19 appearances this season in all competitions, is a timely boost for coach Christophe Galtier with Neymar Jr. currently undergoing treatment on the ankle he injured in Brazil’s first game at the World Cup.
That injury did not stop the world’s most expensive player from returning for the knockout rounds in Qatar and he also played in PSG’s first game back after the long hiatus when they hosted RC Strasbourg Alsace on December 28. However, he was sent off in that game and therefore missed the following 3-1 defeat at RC Lens on New Year’s Day due to suspension. Neymar was then rested against Châteauroux and has spent recent days undergoing physio.