The injury that forced Lionel Messi off at halftime of Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match against LOSC Lille over a week ago will keep him out of a second straight match, as the Argentine superstar misses the Nov. 6 Ligue 1 clash against Bordeaux. He previously sat out Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League 2-2 draw at RB Leipzig.
In the latest injury update issued by PSG, Messi was not included in the squad to face Bordeaux in order to continue “his treatment … for knee and hamstring pains.” This is consistent with the information released by PSG before the Champions League match that “Leo Messi has discomfort in his left hamstring and pain in his knee following a contusion.”
The injuries did not stop Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni from naming Messi to his 34-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay (Nov. 12) and Brazil (Nov. 16). That does not necessarily mean that he’ll travel or even play for Argentina. After Bordeaux, the next match on the calendar for PSG following the international break comes in Ligue 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20 against Nantes.
As for Saturday’s match 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 matchday roster. PSG enters the match in first place in Ligue 1 with a seven-point lead on Lens.
Lionel Messi’s injury
With PSG down 1-0 at home to Lille on Friday, Oct. 29, Messi was subbed off at halftime. The 34-year-old Messi had a poor first half playing in the role of “false nine” at the center of the forward line, but the substitution had nothing to do with his performance and everything to do with injury.
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L’Equipe reported during the match that Messi had a muscle issue, and PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino later explained that the move was precautionary and made in consultation with team doctors at halftime. Pochettino did not disclose the nature of the injury postgame, but a video clip from the match showed Messi grabbing his left hamstring:
Messi was already a doubt entering the Lille match after he missed the previous day’s practice with muscle discomfort. But he was still inserted into the starting lineup against Lille, occupying a spot that would have gone to Mbappe had the latter not been ruled out with an ear infection. PSG still came from behind to beat Lille 2-1.
Messi’s season with PSG so far
It was not the first time that Messi had to depart a Ligue 1 match due to injury. He was controversially substituted in the latter stages of a match against Olympique Lyon, making it obvious he didn’t appreciate being taken off the field by Pochettino.
But days later, an MRI revealed a bone bruise to his left knee that forced him to miss the club’s following league match.
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Messi has now missed seven of 12 Ligue 1 matches for various reasons since signing with the club on Aug. 10. The match against Lille was only Messi’s fifth Ligue 1 appearance and he has yet to score a goal in league play. It’s definitely not going unnoticed:
15 – Lionel Messi is the player with the most shots this season in Ligue 1 without scoring (15 shots, 4 on target). The Paris striker had not gone five league games in a row without finding the net in the Top 5 european leagues since October 2020 (also 5). Tricky. #PSGLOSC pic.twitter.com/xwCETKyhmj
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 29, 2021
But when it comes to the UEFA Champions League, Messi had not missed a single minute of play prior to the recent injury, scoring three goals and helping PSG go top in Group A. But the 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig without Messi, coupled with a resounding Manchester City victory, dropped PSG to second place though still in line to qualify with two matches remaining.