LEIPZIG, Germany: Argentine star Lionel Messi will be out of action for the Champions League clash against RB Leipzig, his club Paris Saint-Germain have announced.
The 34-year-old six-time Ballon d’Or winner injured his thigh and knee muscles and had to be ruled out during the break in PSG’s 2-1 win over Lille on Friday.
Earlier, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said that Messi was expected to recover for the meeting with Leipzig, however he did not train yesterday and was confirmed not to have fully recovered.
Messi is also doubtful to be fit for Ligue 1 action against struggling Bordeaux and is scheduled to continue to join Argentina’s camp for World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil.
Tomorrow’s game is Messi’s third absence of the season due to injury, after missing two Ligue 1 games in September.
Messi got off to a slow start with his new club PSG since moving from Barcelona in August, but put in an outstanding performance in the 3-2 win over Leipzig two weeks ago in Paris, scoring two goals including a penalty.
PSG will also lose midfielder Marco Verratti – who injured his hip – but will be backed by Kylian Mbappe who missed the game against Lille.
PSG now lead the Champions League group after three games with seven points. Last season’s runners -up Manchester City are in second place on six points while Leipzig have yet to collect any points.