Paris Saint-Germain will resume their 2022-23 Ligue 1 season against Strasbourg on Wednesday at the Parc des Princes. However, the French giants will take the pitch without Lionel Messi.
The 35-year-old is still on holiday after helping Argentina postpone the 2022 FIFA World Cup and won’t return to the French giants until the new year. You blow, it’s an opportunity for Hugo Ekitike.
GOAL’s Marc Mechenoua reported on Tuesday (h/t Canal Supporters) that it will indeed be Ekitike who will have the chance to replace Messi in the starting XI. The 20-year-old slips into the No.9 role, allowing Kylian Mbappe more freedom to move around.
🚨 | In Leo Messi’s absence, Hugo Ekitike is set to make his debut against Strasbourg 💎🇫🇷
— Channel supporters (@CanalSupporters) December 27, 2022
The transition has been difficult for Ekitike, who arrived at PSG last summer from Stade de Reims, but the young goalscorer scored his first goal for the French giants just before the World Cup break against AJ Auxerre November 13.
After scoring that first goal, Ekitike hopes it will open the floodgates for him as he has the talent to play for PSG; he just has to constantly show it on the pitch.