Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday that he would not rush Messi – who began training with his new teammates this week – and would wait until he is fully fit, with the forward having not played since he lifted the Copa America for his nation in mid-July.
Le Parisiens travel to face Brest on Friday as they look to continue their 100 percent record in Ligue 1.
But the club’s new no.30 is set to watch from afar in the French capital, with the Barcelona legend not yet deemed fit enough to feature for his new club.
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RMC Sport’s Loic Tanzi first reported the news, stating the six-time Ballon d’Or will continue training at Camp des Loges as he bids to regain his sharpness.
That came after Pochettino admitted: “We haven’t decided the squad yet and we will assess whether Messi can be a part of it.”
“Everything is positive. There is a good atmosphere in the squad and he has settled in well and quickly,” he stated.
“There is a very good feeling.”
With Messi sitting out on Friday night, his debut could come next week instead, when PSG head to Reims.
Even though Messi won’t make his debut on Friday, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma might get the nod over Keylor Navas.
“We are looking at whether he can be with us tomorrow,” revealed the former Tottenham Hotspur boss.
“He was the best player at Euro 2020 and it’s apparent for everyone what he can bring to the team.
“He is adapting well. He has a lot of energy, just like all the other new arrivals.”
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Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and right-back Achraf Hakimi have already made their PSG debuts, while Sergio Ramos remains ruled out until October through injury.
Pochettino was busy in his pre-match press conference, also discussing transfer speculation surrounding Paul Pogba potentially signing and a possible exit for Kylian Mbappe.
“As long as the transfer market is open, there will be many rumours circulating,” Pochettino said.
“A club like PSG will be open to anything, as we’re open to improving our team.”
On Real Madrid-linked Mbappe, the boss added: “I see that he is motivated, working hard to making this a great season.
“He is our player and I don’t see him not being here this season.
“He has a year left on his contract, even if he doesn’t renew it, and he has demonstrated to me that he is happy with us here,” he stated.
“He is calm and the club knows what they’re going to do. We know he is our player and that he is preparing for our match tomorrow.”