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No Messi, Neymar and Di Maria: who will start in attack for PSG this weekend?

Paris Saint-Germain will be without some of their South American attackers this weekend including Lionel Messi and Neymar. See how they could line up in attack.  

Neymar and Lionel Messi
Neymar and Lionel Messi

Paris Saint-Germain will be impacted by CONMEBOL's timetable for their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as the countries will play matches very late and players will not be able to return to their clubs on time for the weekend games. PSG will have Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Angel Di Maria out.

Argentina will play against Peru in the early hours of Friday while Brazil will play against Uruguay an hour later on Friday morning, all time European time. This would mean coupled with the long flight into Europe from South America, the players will be unavailable for their clubs for Saturday matches.

PSG started their last match before the international break with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria forming the front four, now three of them will be unavailable for the match against Angers at Parc des Princes on Friday by 8pm European time.

Kylian Mbappé will be available for the match after winning the UEFA Nations League with France. He could be joined in attack by Mauro Icardi who was not called up for Argentina, Pablo Sarabia and also Julian Draxler all of whom could deputise for the missing key players.

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