Paris Saint-Germain is set to have quite a hectic October, as it will feature in a combined eight fixtures in Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League play. The Ligue 1 powerhouse will also have four weekday fixtures in the month.
All other clubs in Europe’s top five leagues that are featuring in European football this season will also have a similar schedule to that of PSG’s, which could worry players who will feature in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. With the increase in matches, fatigue could impact players, and it could possibly lead to injury one way or another.
PSG forward Lionel Messi, who will feature for the Argentina national team in the World Cup, is well aware (via TyC Sports) of these risks.
“For me it is not complicated for this reason but in terms of games because there will be many and very little time to recover,” Messi said after Argentina’s 3-0 international friendly win over Honduras. “We have to do as always and not think about the World Cup or lifting our foot off the gas or it could be worse. Things happen as they happen.
“If something is going to happen, it will happen but (I hope) nothing will happen to anyone and we will do it as always.”
Messi is currently on international duty with La Albiceleste, and the reigning Copa America champions will have an international friendly matchup against Jamaica on Tuesday.