Messi returns to training with PSG ahead of Sunday’s game

PSG's Lionel Messi, centre, runs with the ball past Juventus' Manuel Locatelli, right, and Juventus' Fabio Miretti during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Paris Saint Germain at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

PARIS (AP) — Lionel Messi returned to training with Paris Saint-Germain as expected on Thursday after being rested for the French club’s previous league game because of some inflammation on his Achilles tendon.

The Argentina forward is set to play a part in PSG’s home game against Auxerre on Sunday. It is the last match before the 35-year-old Messi joins up with his Argentina teammates in Qatar for the World Cup.

Argentina starts its World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia on Nov. 22 in Group C, and then faces Mexico and Poland. The 35-year-old Messi holds the national record with 90 goals for Argentina.

He has been in strong form for PSG this season, netting seven league goals to go with a league-high 10 assists. The record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner also has four goals and four assists in the Champions League.

PSG central defender Presnel Kimpembe also resumed training on Thursday after shaking off a minor Achilles tendon issue. He was named on Wednesday in France’s World Cup squad.

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