League 1: Is Lionel Messi playing today in PSG vs Ajaccio?

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Lionel Messi is set to return for Paris Saint-Germain after serving his in-house suspension.

The World Cup winner has been told to stay away from training after taking an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia over a sponsorship deal.

He was initially given a two-week suspension by the club despite the player thinking he was on time off when he traveled abroad. He was subsequently left out of the 3-1 win over Troyes last weekend.

Will Lionel Messi play against Ajaccio?

After everything unfolded, Messi posted a public apology to his team-mates and the club as he claimed he was unable to postpone his commercial duties for a second time.

The PSG board were happy enough with the statement and allowed Messi to return to training this week. Christophe Galtier was asked whether the winger would play against Ajaccio, to which he replied:

“I spoke to Lionel Messi about his return on Tuesday to see what kind of mindset he was in. He was very calm, and I thought that he was very motivated to play and determined to win another trophy. Yes, he will start.”

Although those at the club have forgiven Messi, the reception from the fans at the Parc des Princes could well be negative. A group of supporters have expressed their desire to see both the Argentinian and Neymar leave the club.

PSG remaining schedule

PSG are six points clear at the top of the table with just four games to go. The earliest PSG can mathematically secure the title is on Saturday, May 27, but that is if Lens lose their next two games.

Messi will be expected to play in each of those four games for PSG, but his future beyond that is in doubt as both Barcelona and Al Hilal could battle it out for his signature.

Opponent Date
Ajaccio (H) Saturday, May 13
Auxerre (A) Sunday, May 21
Strasbourg (A) Saturday, May 27
Clermont (H) Saturday, June 3

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