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Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain revoke suspension, Lionel Messi back in training

PSG announce Messi’s return on its website, posting a picture of the former Barcelona player running with a ball at the club’s training ground

AP/PTI, Reuters Paris Published 09.05.23, 04:49 AM
In this image shared by PSG, Lionel Messi practises on Monday.

In this image shared by PSG, Lionel Messi practises on Monday. File photo

Lionel Messi returned to training Monday with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates after the club lifted his suspension.

The French team announced Messi's return on its website, posting a picture of the former Barcelona player running with a ball at the club's training ground.

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PSG did not officially say whether Messi's disciplinary punishment had been revoked, but a person with knowledge of the situation said that the Argentina star resumed his training after the suspension was lifted.

The move suggests that the World Cup winner will be available for PSG's next league game against Ajaccio on Saturday, barring an injury.

With four games left to play, PSG top the league standings with a six-point lead over Lens. PSG defeated Troyes away 3-1 on Sunday.

PSG had not specified the length of the suspension, though French media reported it to be two weeks.

Messi missed practice last Monday while he was on a promotional trip to Saudi Arabia, and the French club announced his suspension a day later. Messi apologised to the club and teammates for traveling without PSG's permission.

Messi, who joined PSG in August 2021, is not expected to extend his contract with PSG beyond this season.

On Sunday, Kylian Mbappe put the visitors ahead in the eighth minute before Vitinha added their second goal just before the hour mark. Fabian Ruiz restored PSG's two-goal advantage in the 86th minute.

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