Is Lionel Messi playing for PSG against Troyes tonight?

Messi has won his first Ligue 1 title. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
Messi has won his first Ligue 1 title. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
Vatsal Vora

Lionel Messi's availability is a major doubt for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) ahead of their Ligue 1 game against Troyes on Sunday, 8 May.

According to the club's official medical update, the 34-year-old forward has suffered a problem with his ribs. However, a final decision on Messi's involvement will be made on the morning of the game. The medical update stated the following:

"Leo Messi trained individually after feeling pain in his ribs. Another review will be conducted tomorrow morning."

It is possible that Lionel Messi could be deemed fit enough to feature against Troyes if the knock is not too serious. In that case, the seven-time Ballon d'Or will be partnered alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in attack or could make an appearance off the bench.

However, there is no incentive for Mauricio Pochettino to risk Messi's fitness. PSG have already secured the Ligue 1 title after the Argentine forward netted a stunning long-range goal in their 1-1 draw against Lens a couple of weeks ago.

It is worth mentioning that Lionel Messi had an underwhelming outing against Strasbourg last time around. The Parisian giants secured a 3-3 draw but the 34-year-old forward did not make a single goal contribution.

PSG faced Troyes on the opening day of the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season and secured a 2-1 win on that occasion. Goals from Achraf Hakimi and Mauro Icardi were enough for the Parisians to secure all three points in that fixture. Lionel Messi was not announced as a Paris Saint-Germain player at the time and thus did not feature in the game.

Lionel Messi's first season at PSG has not gone according to plan

Lionel Messi arrived in Paris on a free transfer from Barcelona last summer. Much was expected from the Argentine captain but has had a relatively poor season in France.

As things stand, the 34-year-old forward has scored nine goals and provided 13 assists in 31 appearances for PSG across all competitions. However, Messi has scored just four league goals in Ligue 1 this season.

Messi, however, has shown his brilliance on a few occasions. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has registered a hat-trick of assists on two separate occasions in the league.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are preparing to face Troyes at the Parc des Princes on Sunday in Ligue 1. Manager Mauricio Pochettino’s side have already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title.

It is worth mentioning that Messi still has one more year remaining on his PSG contract and also has the option of extending it by another year. The former Barcelona superstar will be hoping for a much better time in the 2022-23 season as he will have a year of experience behind him in the French league.

Edited by Parimal


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