01/08/2022 at 14:12 CET
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) coach Mauricio Pochettino, evoked this Saturday the report of the doctors to explain the absence tomorrow of Lionel Messi during the championship match against Lyon, after the Argentinian star caught the covid over the holiday season.
When asked at the usual pre-match press conference if there was any possibility of Messi fielding, Pochettino responded, referring to the medics’ opinion: “He is under medical supervision. So that’s what we can say“.
Shortly before the press conference, the club issued a medical statement in which it specified that the Argentine striker “you will continue your individual postcovid recovery protocol for the next few days“.
Messi arrived in Paris last Wednesday, having tested negative. He had tested positive for the coronavirus during his stay in Argentina during the holidays. Once in the French capital, he has trained since Thursday but individually.
In the coming weeks, his schedule promises to be very tight and could include a new trip to South America to participate, between late January and early February, in the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches.
Apart from Messi’s case, there are five other PSG players who are currently isolated by covid and will also not be able to play the league game against Lyon: Ángel Di María, Julian Draxler, Danilo Pereira, Layvin Kurzawa and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
In addition, neither the French Alexandre Letellier will be able to line up on injury, nor the Brazilian star Neymar, who continues the recovery and for which a return to training is expected in about three weeks, according to the team.
When asked if Neymar was coming back from Brazil tomorrow, Pochettino did not respond directly, but stressed that before his departure the dates and the timetable for the resumption had been fixed ”.under medical supervision“.
He added that due to the information they receive every day on Neymar, who has ankle problems, “its development is in line with the planned plans. We hope that everything will go well in the coming weeks.“.
To another question on a photo that had been published of Mauro Icardi in which he appeared in poor physical condition, the technician replied that he was not aware of this image, but was reassuring: “Mauro is doing well, training well. It is controlled. is in good shape“.
Regarding the difficulties of setting up the workforce, he noted that “all the teams are reduced” because of the covid or other incidents and that in this context “we must adapt, and that is what we do”.
In any case, he underlined that beyond the importance of one or the other individuality, “football is a team sport” and “in the end the most important is the collective”.
The Argentinian coach, without advancing tomorrow’s roster, yes that He suggested that Mbappé and Icardi could be up front.
PSG are in first position in the French championship with 46 points, ten above his immediate successor, Marseille. Olympique de Lyon occupies a more than discreet thirteenth place, with 24 points.
Despite everything, Pochettino said that for him Lyon has “one of the best squads in France” and “I am sure that in the end he will fight for important things”.