PSG lift Lionel Messi suspension, allow him to train early

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Lionel Messi's return to training after being suspended for two weeks by PSG due to his sponsorship trip to Saudi Arabia was announced on Monday via the club's social media accounts.

Despite the near-official confirmation of Paris Saint-Germain imposing a two-week ban on Messi without training, playing, and pay, it looks like the club preferred to hit the reverse button and instead oblige to the nth time to the demands of just another superstar.

That's why the Argentine world champion was seen at the Camp des Loges training center early in the morning on Monday, while the rest of the team was enjoying a day off after their triumph over Troyes (1-3) the day before.

In a video posted on his personal social media accounts, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner apologized to the club and its partners for the controversy surrounding his trip to Saudi Arabia.

The French newspaper Le Parisien reported that Messi's apology was well-received by the club's management and that they had reduced his suspension from the initially scheduled 15 days reasoning the decision under Messi's "good behavior."

Additionally, L'Equipe reported that the club's leaders did not want the media controversy to persist and last longer than it should to avoid any further damage inflicted on the image of PSG.

The South American could be a potential member of the group for the upcoming game against Ajaccio on Saturday, which is part of the 35th matchday of Ligue 1. Christophe Galtier has not spoken about this nor confirmed that'd be the case yet, though.

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In conclusion, Lionel Messi's suspension and subsequent return to training have caused a lot of controversy and attention, but PSG's decision to reduce his suspension and his return to training suggests that the club is keen to move on from the incident.