Lionel Messi and Neymar will be out of Paris Saint Germain’s Ligue 1 game on Saturday against Clermont, who has just returned from international duty but is expected to be in the squad after Kylian Mbappe recovers from a calf injury.
Mbappe sustained the injury during France’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Bosnia last week and missed two other Les Blaise games against Ukraine and Finland.
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, however, was convinced he would play at the Parc des Princes for the first time as the transfer window closed amid media reports he was keen to join Real Madrid.
“Kylan is happy, he is emotionally stable and he remains in a positive mindset before the end of the transfer window,” Pochettino told a news conference. He wants to play football and enjoy himself. He is training and recovering so we hope he joins the team.
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PSG, who have a maximum of 12 points from four matches, are also welcome to defend defender Presnel Kimpembe and striker Mauro Icardi after both injuries.
Icardi’s availability is more important as Messi and Neymar have been ruled out after playing World Cup qualifiers with Argentina and Brazil overnight.
“Those players played early in the morning, so Leandro Parades, Lionel Messi and Neymar will not be in the team tomorrow, it is common knowledge,” Pochettino said.
Messi, who took a hat-trick in Argentina’s 3-0 win against Bolivia, has played only half an hour with PSG this season after joining Barcelona as a free agent on a two-year deal.
Pochettino said he has yet to decide who will debut as goalkeeper alongside Keylor Navas, who has played every match so far at the expense of newly-appointed Gianluigi Donnarumma, who led Italy to the European title in July Was.