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PSG: Messi, Neymar left out of squad to face Strasbourg

Having only trained twice since the Copa América final, Lionel Messi will not be involved in Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 clash with Strasbourg on Saturday.

Saint Germain En Laye (France), 13/08/2021.- Lionel Messi and Neymar (R) of Paris Saint Germain take part in a training session at the Camp des Loges sports complex near Paris, France, 13 August 2021. (Francia) EFE/EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

As expected, Lionel Messi has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain's 22-man squad for Saturday's Ligue 1 clash with Strasbourg.

Messi among several big-name absentees from PSG squad

The Argentina international completed a sensation move to PSG on Tuesday, having left Barcelona, but has not played since the Copa América final on 10 July and has only trained twice with his new team-mates.

PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino suggested on the eve of the game with Strasbourg that he would not take any risks regarding Messi's fitness and it has now been confirmed the six-time Ballon d'Or winner will play no part at the Parc des Princes.

Neymar is also not included in the squad as he builds up his fitness following his own participation at the Copa América with beaten finalists Brazil, while Gianluigi Donnarumma, Leandro Paredes and Ángel Di María are other high-profile omissions.

Meanwhile, it was announced on Friday that Sergio Ramos, signed on a free transfer from Real Madrid last month, will be out of action until after September's international break through injury.

Mbappé in line for 150th Ligue 1 appearance in Strasbourg clash

Kylian Mbappé is in contention to play a part against Strasbourg, however, and the France star will make his 150th league appearance for PSG and Monaco should he feature.

The World Cup winner has scored 107 goals across that period – only Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted more in this first 150 appearances over the last 40 campaigns (113 goals in 122 games).

PSG kicked off their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-1 comeback win at Troyes last week and are seeking back-to-back wins to begin a new league season for the first time in three years.

Pochettino's men are unbeaten in their 30 Ligue 1 home games against Strasbourg (W23 D7), which is a French top-flight record for one team at home against a specific opponent.


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