The injury that forced Lionel Messi out of half-time of Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match against LOSC Lille more than a week ago will keep him out of the second straight game, as the Argentine superstar will miss the Ligue 1 clash of the November 6 against Bordeaux. He previously missed Wednesday’s 2-2 UEFA Champions League draw at RB Leipzig.
In latest update on injuries released by PSG, Messi was not included in the squad to face Bordeaux to continue “his treatment … for knee and hamstring pains”. This is consistent with the information released by PSG before the Champions League game that “Leo Messi has discomfort in his left hamstring and pain in his knee following a contusion”.
The injuries have not prevented Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni from naming Messi on his 34-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay (November 12) and Brazil (November 16). This does not necessarily mean that he will travel or even play for Argentina. After Bordeaux, the next appointment on the calendar for PSG after the break for the national teams arrives in Ligue 1 on Saturday 20 November against Nantes.
As for Saturday’s clash against Bordeaux, PSG will have to rely on its other attacking stars, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi, who were all included on the day’s roster. PSG enter the game in first place in Ligue 1 with seven points clear of Lens.
Lionel Messi’s injury
With PSG down 1-0 at home to Lille on Friday, October. 29, Messi was substituted at half time. 34-year-old Messi had a bad first half playing the role of “false nine” in the middle of the attacking line, but the substitution had nothing to do with his performance and everything to do with the injury.
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L’Equipe reported during the match that Messi had a muscle problem, and PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino later explained that the move was precautionary and made in consultation with the team’s doctors at half-time. Pochettino did not disclose the nature of the post-match injury, but a video clip from the match showed Messi grabbing his left hamstring:
Messi was already in doubt about entering Lille’s game after missing the previous day’s training due to muscle discomfort. But against Lille he was still included in the starting line-up, occupying a place that would have gone to Mbappe had the latter not been excluded for an ear infection. PSG Still in comeback to beat Lille 2-1.
Messi’s season with PSG so far
It wasn’t the first time that Messi had to leave a Ligue 1 match due to injury. It was controversially replaced In the last stages of the match against Olympique Lyon, making it clear that he did not appreciate Pochettino’s exit from the field.
But days later, an MRI revealed a bone bruise in his left knee that forced him to miss the club’s next league game.
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Messi has missed seven of 12 Ligue 1 matches for various reasons since signing with the club on 10 August. The match against Lille was only Messi’s fifth Ligue 1 appearance and he has yet to score a league goal. It certainly does not go unnoticed:
15 – Lionel Messi is the player with the most shots this season in Ligue 1 without scoring (15 shots, 4 on goal). The Paris striker had not played five league games in a row without finding the net in the Top 5 European leagues since October 2020 (even 5). Shrewd. #PSGLOSC pic.twitter.com/xwCETKyhmj
-OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 29, 2021
But when it comes to the UEFA Champions League, Messi hadn’t lost a single minute of play before the recent injury, scoring three goals and helping PSG climb to the top of Group A. But the 2-2 against RB Leipzig without Messi Coupled with a resounding Manchester City win, PSG dropped to second place although still in line to qualify with two games remaining.