As expected Lionel Messi is not in the group of 22 players selected by the Parisian staff to face Metz on Wednesday (9 p.m., Canal + Décalé).
Touched in the left knee, the Argentinian remains in the care of the side of the camp of the Lodges and a new point will be made tomorrow to know if he can hope to take part in the match on Saturday against Montpellier.
With the prospect of the reception of Manchester City on Tuesday in the Champions League, it will be necessary to closely follow the evolution of the "bone contusion" of which the six-fold Golden Ball was a victim.
Marco Verratti and Sergio Ramos were also announced forfeits. On the other hand, we could maintain a glimmer of hope for Colin Dabga and Juan Bernat are the names no longer appeared in the club's medical bulletin. Hit in the ankle at the end of May with the Bleuets during the Euro Espoirs, Dabga can offer a solution to Pochettino to assist Achraf Hakimi when he needs to breathe. Against Lyon on Sunday, Thilo Kehrer again showed his limits at the right-back position.
But it is obviously the return of Juan Bernat that remains the most symbolic.
Knee operated on a year ago, after being injured, at the Park, against….
Metz, September 16, the Spaniard then saw his recovery thwarted by an infection, then a problem with the adductors recently.
This time Bernat is fit.
It remains to be seen when he will be able to return to competition.
So it won't be for this trip to Lorraine.
Perhaps Saturday against Montpellier three days before the Champions League for which he is not however registered for the group stage.
While Kurzawa also came out of the infirmary without appearing in the group, Pochettino should once again rely on Nuno Mendes while Abdou Diallo remains a possible recourse.
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Three goalkeepers make the trip while Pochettino will announce at the last moment who of Donnarumma, holder against Lyon, or Navas will keep the goal tonight. Already come into play for the first time in his career against Clermont, the young titi Nathan Bitumazala, 18, will also be present, as in Bruges.