Argentine star Lionel Messi will miss his team Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Montpellier today Saturday in the French Football League due to a knee injury, he announced his club Friday.
And the best player in the world 6 times “he returned to racing yesterday, according to the protocol established for his recovery. His condition will be evaluated again tomorrow” two days before the important challenge of the round of 16 of the Champions League group stage against the its host, Manchester City.
His coach and compatriot Mauricio Pochettino had explained the reasons that led him to replace Messi in the last quarter of an hour of his team’s game against Lyon (2-1) in championship last Sunday, which is his left knee bruise.
Messi left the field and was replaced by Moroccan right-back Achraf Hakimi. The Argentine star was amazed when he left the green rectangle, so he refused to shake the hand extended by his coach.
Messi missed the match against Metz (2-1) in the local league, where Saint-Germain is in advantage by a large margin over its closest competitor.
Pochettino felt that replacing Messi was in the player’s interest, saying: “We are watching all the players from the bench in field to see what happens during the match, and we have seen Leo constantly look at his knee and inspect it. “
Messi, 34, moved to Saint-Germain at the start of the season for free after spending nearly two decades with Barcelona. He is still looking for his first goal with the Qatar-owned squad.
Also absent are the Italian midfielder Marco Verratti and the Spanish defender Sergio Ramos.
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