Lionel Messi will reportedly be available after serving a suspension for one week after the 35-year-old went on an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia last week.
Messi was initially suspended for two weeks, with no one from the capital club. However, ESPN’s Julien Laurens reported on Monday, citing sources, that will be available against Ajaccio on Saturday.
Lionel Messi will train with PSG on Tuesday and will be available against Ajaccio on Saturday, sources tell @LaurensJulien.
PSG shortened Messi's suspension after he apologized for missing practice last week, but he will still be fined two weeks' wages (€1.6 million). pic.twitter.com/Emv5KiIV3k
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 8, 2023
Laurens adds that PSG trimmed Messi’s suspension after apologizing for missing practice last week. Nonetheless, the Argentine will still be fined two weeks’ wages (€1.6 million).
RMC Sport reported on Monday that those within the club were being quiet about Messi’s status for Saturday’s contest after the veteran returned to training.
The suspension has been a talking point for many in football media, regardless of the language, as many journalists and pundits debate whether PSG’s actions to sanction Messi were the right call.
Nonetheless, if Messi plays on Saturday, it will be interesting to see what manager Christophe Galtier decides to do with his starting 11, whether inserting Messi or bringing him off the bench.