Soccer-Messi, Neymar back in PSG squad for Champions League opener

Paris St Germain Training
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Paris St Germain Training - Ooredoo Training Centre, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France - August 13, 2021 Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi and Neymar during training REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

September 14, 2021

(Reuters) – Lionel Messi and Neymar have been included in Paris St Germain’s Champions League squad for their trip to Club Brugge on Wednesday after the pair missed the weekend’s Ligue 1 action following their return from international duty.

Argentine Messi and Brazil’s Neymar played in World Cup qualifiers last Thursday and were back in Paris late on Friday. They missed PSG’s 4-0 win over Clermont the following day.

Angel Di Maria is not part of the 22-man squad after the Argentine winger was handed a three-game suspension by UEFA for stamping on Fernandinho in last season’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.

Centre back Sergio Ramos’s debut has again been delayed as the Spaniard has not fully recovered from a thigh injury, while midfielder Marco Verratti was also left out of the squad with a knee injury he sustained on duty with Italy.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Peter Rutherford)