In yet another major injury setback for the French champions, Paris Saint-Germain striker Lionel Messi is reportedly questionable for next week’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
After a difficult first season, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has adjusted to life in Paris, producing 15 goals and 14 assists in 25 appearances in all competitions this season.
In Wednesday’s 2-1 Coupe de France loss to Marseille, Messi played the entire 90 minutes. Alexis Sanchez and Ruslan Malinovskyi scored goals either side of Sergio Ramos’s equaliser to knock PSG out of the round of 16.
At the Orange Velodrome, Messi found Neymar, who had recently recovered from a groyne ailment, in the final third. Vitinha followed closely behind the pair.
Nevertheless, L’Equipe adds that the former Barcelona player departed the field at the conclusion of the game due to a hamstring issue, and he is now questionable for Bayern’s visit the following week.
The German champions will visit PSG for the first leg of their last-16 match on Tuesday before the second leg takes place at the Allianz Arena on March 8. This will be a rematch of the 2019–20 final, which Bayern won 1-0.
According to the article, Messi will definitely miss Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against Monaco, but PSG officials remain hopeful that he will play against Bayern.
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Nevertheless, Christophe Galtier, who is now playing without Kylian Mbappe due to a thigh injury, finds the news of a new injury to Messi to be yet another attacking headache.
On February 1, the 24-year-old experienced the issue during Les Parisiens’ 3-1 victory against Montpellier. As a result, he was out for three weeks.
As a result, Mbappe would be predicted to miss the match against Bayern next week as well, but according to a different story from Le Parisien, there is still hope for his availability.
The France international would not be permitted to start the game, but he might be permitted to play 10 or 15 minutes as a substitute; however, his odds of making a quick recovery are still “small.”
Hugo Ekitike and Neymar should start up front if Messi and Mbappe are both ruled out of the first leg against Bayern, while Carlos Soler might support the front two in the number 10 position.
Nordi Mukiele (hamstring) and Renato Sanches (muscle) are both out for PSG’s match against Bayern, but Presnel Kimpembe is back to full training after suffering an Achilles injury.
Galtier is advising caution on the center-fitness back’s and it is unknown if he will play in Saturday’s match against Monaco due to the problem that prevented him from competing in the World Cup.
With 54 points from their first 22 games of the 2022–23 season, PSG leads closest rivals Marseille and Lens by eight points at the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
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