Paris Saint-Germain will be without Lionel Messi for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Group A clash with RB Leipzig in Germany after the Argentina international was officially ruled out due to left hamstring and knee pain after a knock.
Lionel Messi started for Paris Saint-Germain in their last game against Lille where they won 2-1, but the Argentine was substituted in the second half and was replaced with Icardi.
A statement on PSG’s official website reads: “Leo Messi has hamstring discomfort in his left leg and knee pain following a contusion.”
However, Mauricio Pochettino will be boosted by the return to fitness of Kylian Mbappe who missed the victory against Lille due to an infection as he was forced to watch on from the stands as his teammates left it late to recover and win.
Also missing along with Messi are Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes and Sergio Ramos, with Les Parisiens otherwise at full strength and finally able to call upon Angel Di Maria once more after he served his suspension over the first three Group A fixtures.
After three games played so far in the Champions League group stages, Paris Saint-Germain are currently topping their group with seven points and they have not lost any game.
Although Lionel Messi is yet to score any goal in the League, the Argentine has been superb for PSG in the Champions League netting three goals so far.
RB Leipzig on the other hand have lost their first three games in the Champions League and they will want to seek redemption this time around in front of their fans.
PSG have not yet given an exact timeframe for Messi’s recovery, but it has been reported that the 34-year-old could miss several games.