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Without Lionel Messi, but with Sergio Ramos: PSG’s list to debut in the French Cup

Paris Saint Germain hit the ‘bombshell’ a few hours after their debut in the Coupe de France. Through their official networks it has been known that Argentine striker Lionel Messi will rest this Sunday in the 30th-final clash against the Entente Feignies-Aulnoye amateur team, from the French fifth division, in Valenciennes. The former FC Barcelona player, like captain Marquinhos, does not appear in the group of 22 players called up by coach Mauricio Pochettino, unlike Kylian Mbappé and Sergio Ramos.

The latter could play his second game with his new colors, after having played in Saint-Etienne, with a 3-1 victory, on November 28, in Ligue 1. The Spanish defender, with several physical problems since his arrival in July , he missed the last three weeks of competition, due to muscle fatigue.

At a press conference, Mauricio Pochettino made it known on Saturday that the former Real Madrid captain “You have trained correctly. We will see on Sunday morning if he stays on the bench or plays for a few minutes ”.

Defender Presnel Kimpembe, who missed the last two games due to injuries (knee and back), also reappears in the group. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye is also resting. Winger Achraf Hakimi is suspended.

For his part, Neymar continues his reeducation after his left ankle sprain, which occurred in November. His “immobilization plate will be removed within eight days with a progressive resumption of support”, indicates the club in its medical report.

The PSG, current champion of the Coupe de France, will enter the competition this season, against this National 3 team, equivalent to the fifth division. The Parisians will then play in Lorient in Ligue 1, before a 10-day cut-off for the Christmas holidays.

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