Angel Di Maria has been left out of the 22-man squad after UEFA issued him a three-game suspension for stomping on Fernandinho in the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City last season.
Last Thursday, Argentina’s Messi and Brazil’s Neymar competed in World Cup qualifiers before returning to Paris late Friday. They were unable to attend PSG’s 4-0 victory over Clermont the next day.
Sergio Ramos’ debut has been postponed once more due to a thigh ailment, while midfielder Marco Verratti was also left out due to a knee injury acquired while on service with Italy.
The runners-up in the 2020 Champions League will be assessed this season on their results in the European tournament, which they have never won despite receiving considerable funding from their Qatari owners.
After a transfer window in which Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi, and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma all joined the club, expectations are even greater than normal.
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