August 29, 2021

REIMS, France (Reuters) – Lionel Messi will be on the substitutes’ bench when Paris St Germain take on Stade de Reims in Ligue 1 on Sunday, coach Mauricio Pochettino said.

“He is going to be on the bench, he arrived later, he is working hard,” Pochettino told official broadcaster Amazon.

The 34-year-old Messi, who joined from Barcelona earlier this month on a two-year contract, could play in a competitive game for the first time since winning the Copa America with Argentina on July 10.

“He could have some minutes,” Pochettino said.

PSG have a maximum nine points after three games in Ligue 1.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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