World Cup winner Lionel Messi is about to return to work at Paris Saint-Germain subsequent week, his membership coach Christophe Galtier mentioned on Tuesday.
Messi, 35, was the lynchpin of the Argentina facet that received the World Cup in Qatar 9 days in the past, scoring twice within the ultimate towards France which completed in a penalty shoot-out victory.
He then returned to Argentina along with his teammates to have fun their third World Cup triumph.
“Leo had a really huge World Cup along with his victory,” mentioned Galtier on the eve of PSG’s assembly with Strasbourg as Ligue 1 kicks off once more on Wednesday after the World Cup break.
“He needed to return to Argentina for the celebrations and we determined that he was going to be off till January 1.
“He’ll come and be a part of us both on the second or third (January) to select up the season with us.
“He can have had between 13 and 14 days of restoration.”
Messi appears prone to miss two Ligue 1 matches and the French Cup match at Chateauroux, presumably making his return at house towards Angers on January 11.
He’s additionally anticipated to take a seat down with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and different prime membership officers to pen a one-season extension to his present deal within the French capital which expires in the summertime.
PSG’s different World Cup gamers, notably Kylian Mbappe and Neymar “will probably be accessible for the match tomorrow (Wednesday)”, mentioned Galtier.
Mbappe may even begin, having returned to coaching simply three days after the frustration of dropping the World Cup ultimate, despite his hat-trick.
“We made positive to handle on a case-by-case foundation,” mentioned Galtier. “After speaking with him, Kylian needed to hitch us pretty shortly.”