Messi’s back! World Cup hero starts in PSG return vs Angers but Mbappe out

Lionel Messi and Neymar have both been handed starts for PSG’s Ligue 1 clash with Angers on Wednesday night, but Kylian Mbappe remains out.

WHAT HAPPENED? Fresh off a World Cup win, the Argentine is starting in his first game back in Paris. Messi has been in training for over a week now and manager Christophe Galtier confirmed that Messi would be thrown back into the XI as soon as he was available.

Messi is joined by Neymar leading the PSG attack, with Kylian Mbappe handed an extended break following a speedy return to action from Qatar.

🆗✅ The starting XI for #PSGSCO!#AllezParis 🟥🟦 pic.twitter.com/TuvZ6Z24zA

THE BIGGER PICTURE: PSG are some distance from full strength following the World Cup. Although Neymar and Messi are back, key contributors Achraf Hakimi and Marco Verratti are missing, while Renato Sanches and Presnel Kimpembe are also sidelined.