Christophe Galtier confirms if Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are available for PSG against Angers

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) manager Christophe Galtier has given an update on the availability of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for their upcoming clash against Angers. The Parisians welcome the bottom of the Ligue 1 table on Wednesday (January 11).

The prolific trio have not all performed together since the 2022 FIFA World Cup and fans will have to wait at least one more game before they can see them together. While Messi and Neymar could play against Angers, Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi will miss the clash.

The duo have yet to return to training after their holiday in New York. Speaking to the media ahead of the Angers game, manager Christophe Galtier said:

“Neymar, Lionel Messi and Marco Verratti are in training on Tuesday, as is Renato Sanches. Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi are absent. The two men’s return from vacation is expected mid-week.

This is the Argentine’s first game since his triumph at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where he also won the Golden Ball. Neymar, meanwhile, was sent off in PSG’s 2-1 win over Strasbourg on December 28. Mbappe played in both of PSG’s Ligue 1 games after the World Cup before taking his due 10-day holiday alongside Hakimi.

The trio have been in sensational form for the French club this season. They have scored 47 goals and provided 32 assists in all competitions.


PSG’s Hugo Ekitike on the game with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe

French striker Hugo Ekitike joined PSG on loan from Stade Reims last summer and has made 15 appearances, contributing three goals and two assists.

He recently shared his experience with Messi, Neymar and Mbappe. Ekitike says:

“That’s it; I know them now. I can praise them, but we already know the players they are. I think it’s a great opportunity for me, above all, because it allows me to learn even if I I don’t necessarily notice it in training and it makes me a more committed player and you’ll see that on the pitch soon.”

The superstar trio have taken PSG to the top of Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France round of 16 by four points over Lens.

The Parisians have also reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, where they meet Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

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