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Pochettino provides positive injury update on Messi

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The former Barcelona man has had a testing start to life at his new club owing to form and fitness issues.

Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful that Lionel Messi can fully recover before Paris Saint-Germain’s meeting with Manchester City on Tuesday.

Messi picked up a knee injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 win over Lyon earlier this week. As a result, missed his side’s subsequent Ligue 1 outing against Metz.

The mercurial Argentine, who is ruled out of the match against Montpellier on Saturday, has been restricted to just three appearances for PSG since joining the club on a free transfer in the summer.

However, he could be available for his new side when they resume their Champions League campaign next week by playing host to last season’s finalists Man City.

“Messi has started to run today. We are going to assess him and we hope he improves,” Pochettino told the press, as Sky Sports reports.

“Let’s wait for him to come back, but in any case we have to be cautious and in the next days we will see his progress. On Sunday, we will be able to give a positive update.

“We hope everything goes well and he will be available again. Yes, we hope he can play (against City). We have to be cautious.”