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Why is Lionel Messi not playing today for PSG vs Pays de Cassel?

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Lionel Messi will not feature when Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) take on Pays de Cassel in the Coupe de France on Monday (January 23). The Argentine forward has not been included in the squad for their away game in the French Cup.

This will be the second time Messi has missed a Coupe de France game for PSG. The Argentina captain did not play when Christophe Galtier faced Chateauroux earlier this month, having just returned from that extended World Cup break.

But Lionel Messi’s absence has nothing to do with any injury. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s name is not included in the first team’s medical report. Messi has therefore just been rested before the Parisian giants return to league action next weekend.

It’s worth noting that Lionel Messi hasn’t played much since his return to France after the World Cup. The former FC Barcelona striker has only played two Ligue 1 matches.

Messi also started PSG’s friendly against Riyadh All-Star XI and Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia on Thursday (January 19). He scored the opening goal in an entertaining affair that ended in a 5-4 win for the French giants.

However, it is worth noting that both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr have been included in the squad that will travel to Pays de Cassel. You can see PSG’s line-up for their Coupe de France game below:

Paris Saint-Germain are expected to secure a safe passage to the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France. It is, however, a huge game for Pays de Cassel. The hosts are an amateur side currently competing in the sixth tier of French football.

Lionel Messi’s 2022-23 season for PSG has been extremely productive

Lionel Messi is currently enjoying an extremely productive season in front of goal for PSG. The World Cup-winning forward is currently the club’s leading assist provider and the third-highest goalscorer so far this season.

At the time of writing, Messi has contributed 13 goals and 14 assists from 21 competitive games across all competitions. Only Neymar and Mbappe have scored more goals than Messi this season.

Lionel Messi recently scored against Angers on his return from the World Cup in a 2-0 win for the Parisian outfit. However, he did not make a single goal-scoring contribution during their 1-0 defeat to Rennes last week.

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