Ligue 1: Why is Lionel Messi not playing for PSG vs Lens?

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The Ligue 1 will restart on Wednesday with the leaders returning to it, although there will be an absence that will not go unnoticed in PSG. Find out why Lionel Messi won’t play vs Lens.

Last month was memorable, as it happens every four years in the world of football. However, the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar means clubs must return to their regular schedule. Lionel Messi’s PSG will face Lens in Ligue 1.

PSG are top of the league after a near-perfect stint before the break. After 16 games they are unbeaten and have 14 wins. The Parisians are in first place, although Lens is only 7 points behind.

It was a season where the stars did what they were supposed to do. Messi had a great run but Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr. They could manage to play without one of them given the talent gap that usually exists in France, although the non-playing Argentine is worth mentioning.

Why will Lionel Messi not play for PSG vs Lens?

There are multiple leagues that have returned to their competitions after the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and the Ligue 1 is about to join the list. The players that participated in that tournament had extra rest, but it was depending on how far their national teams went. That is why some of them have already been featured for their clubs.

Messi is of course on a schedule that won’t match what most will do. That’s because Argentina reached and won the final, so he will be taking a few days off more than the majority. The Argentinian will spend New Year in his country, reportedly returning on January 3. All that means he will not play for PSG vs Lens.

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