Sport Messi and Verratti both 'set to return' for PSG vs Man City
Lionel Messi STARTS first PSG match alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe
The 34-year-old Argentine will start his first ever Paris Saint-Germain match this evening after he was named in an all-star front three with fellow attackers Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.The former Barcelona captain moved to the French capital last month but has been limited to just 24 minutes of action in a PSG shirt since he made his high-profile free transfer.
boss is set to be handed a major boost with both and Marco Verratti reportedly in line to return against next week.
The French giants take on Pep Guardiola's side in a mouth-watering Champions League encounter on Tuesday, and they are in need of a win having slumped to a disappointing draw against Club Brugge in their group Group A opener.
City, meanwhile, currently top the group after their emphatic and highly entertaining 6-3 home win over German outfit RB Leipzig.
The pair have both been sidelined with knee injuries, with Messi requiring an MRI scan after being forced off in the 2-1 win over Lyon last week.
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© Lluis Gene / AFP Boateng had taken a sacred blow of wind against Messi in 2015 ... 06 May 2015, Barcelona. The Barça de Lionel Messi confronted the Bayern of Jerome Boateng in the semi-finals to go from Champions League, at Camp Nou, in front of just over 95,000 spectators. An XXL poster between two cadats. And a match during which Blaugrana gave the Lesson to Bavarois (3-0). But if this meeting remained in the memories, it is also and especially because of a single action.
The scan showed signs of bone contusion, with the former Barcelona star subsequently missing PSG's narrow win over Metz, while he will also be absent for Saturday night's clash against Montpellier.
However, French outlet L'Equipe report both players should be in the squad to face City on Tuesday, with Verratti - and potentially Messi - set to return to training next week.
PSG revealed Messi has started running once more in a statement on Friday, with the forward set to undergo a further check on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's clash against Montpellier, Mauricio Pochettino insisted the hope is for Messi to play against City.
'As you've seen in the medical update which comes out before the press conference, we are going to assess him,' he said.
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Lionel Messi will be in PSG's squad to face Man City on Tuesday as Pep Guardiola admits he "doesn't know how to stop" their Champions League opponents. Messi has missed PSG's last two games but returned to training on Monday. © Getty Lionel Messi returned to PSG training on Monday after a knee injury PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino would not confirm if the six-time Ballon d'Or winner will start against City in what is a repeat of last season's Champions League semi-final. "He is in a very good way," said Pochettino.
'We hope he improves and on Sunday we will be able to give a positive update. We hope everything goes well and he will be available again.
'We hope he can play (against Man City). We have to be cautious to see how he evolves in the next few days.'
Should Messi recover in time for the encounter, the 34-year-old - who left Barcelona for PSG this summer - will reunite once more with former mentor Guardiola.
Though Guardiola insisted the Argentinian was 'not in our thoughts', Messi had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League and City, who splashed £100million on Jack Grealish, while missing out on primary strike target Harry Kane.
Instead, Messi could be in line to face his former boss again. He scored a hat-trick for Barcelona against Guardiola's City in a 4-0 home win back in October 2016, before opening the scoring in a 3-1 defeat two weeks later.
Messi also played against Guardiola's Bayern Munich side, with Barcelona progressing to the Champions League final - and eventually winning it - with a 5-3 aggregate victory in 2015.
Man Utd 'should try and sign PSG's Marco Verratti', says Ashley Young .
Ex-Manchester United full back Young believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still lacking the midfield control provided by Carrick up until his retirement in 2018 and should try and sign Verratti.Verratti is a key player for Mauricio Pochettino's side and particularly impressed in the midweek Champions League win against Manchester City.