Paris Saint-Germain Team News vs Man City: Messi, Di Maria, Kurzawa

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(Update: Lionel Messi is back in training, and in contention to start tomorrow night)

Paris Saint-Germain hosts Manchester City on Tuesday night in a match-up of the only two clubs, in the entire world, who exist in an elite, rarified air financially. They are the only clubs owned by actual nations/countries, and both of their owners are ultra-wealthy, petrol-states.

For Paris Saint-Germain, it’s Qatar and with Manchester City it’s the United Arab Emirates. Both clubs have resources that no other clubs do. For more on this, please consult the book Transatlantic Passage: How the English Premier League Redefined Soccer in America. For now, let’s cover the PSG team news.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City FYIs:

Kick-off time: 8 PM GMT, 28 September Tuesday

Starting XI Prediction:   Paris Saint-Germain     Manchester City

Team News:   Paris Saint-Germain    Manchester City

Form Guide (All Competitions): Paris Saint-Germain (WDWWW) Manchester City (WWDWW)

PSG Team news

PSG and their faithful are hopeful that Lionel Messi will recover from his knee bone bruise in time for this crunch clash. Obviously, this is the big fitness concern. Especially so with midfield maestro Angel Di Maria suspended, but the latest updates still convey that his status for this match remains up in the air.

However, there is good news in that Layvin Kurzawa, Juan Bernat and Colin Dagba have all returned to training, so they’re indeed on the mend.

Also, Sergio Ramos and Marco Verratti remain out as long term injury absentees.

Prediction: PSG 1, City 1

Not going out on a limb here with anything bold.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “Transatlantic Passage: How the English Premier League Redefined Soccer in America” and “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports Illustrated and the Chicago Tribune.

He co-hosts the After Extra Time podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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