Lionel Messi has a bone contusion on his left knee and will miss tomorrow’s Paris Saint Germain game against Metz for the 7th round of League 1 in France.
After the scandal that caused his departure from the team in the last game against Olympique de Lyon, and where coach Mauricio Pochettino was involved in the controversy over his decision, the Argentine star had an MRI this morning for the blow he received in the left knee and the study confirmed that he has a bone contusion.
The PSG medical report added that the captain of the Argentine national team will carry out a new study in 48 hours to evaluate his recovery.
Messi will stay out of tomorrow’s game against Metz, as a visitor, for the 7th date of League 1 in France, as reported by the coach. The number 30 of the French team will be protected for the next match on Saturday against Montpellier since then comes the clash of the European Champions League on Tuesday 28 against Manchester City, at home.
Later Pochettino explained that Lionel Messi’s change was due to a left knee injury and that his “priority” is the health of the players. In the press conference prior to tomorrow’s game, the coach was approached by Messi’s departure from last Sunday’s game and explained that the change was due to the injury to his left knee confirmed by the last medical report.
“The club has already made the statement about what ‘Leo’ has, the situation is clear. We observed all the players and saw that he was checking his knee and that he made gestures. With that information we decided to change him,” said Pochettino, who praised Messi’s performance on his debut at the Parc des Princes. “We were happy with his game and his performance, he had a good first half and he only needed to score the goal,” said the Santa Fe.
Asked about the repercussions his decision had, Pochettino said he was not surprised and stressed that his “priority” is the health of his clients. “I understand the situation and I accept it. It caused me neither more nor less surprise. The priority is the good and health of the player. With the information we had, we thought that the best thing for Messi, after 75 minutes, was to leave,” he stressed . And about Messi’s reaction when he left, he added: “a great champion wants to always be on the field and it is understandable. I am calm, it is normal for this type of thing to happen.”
In the preview of the press conference, the club released the medical report in which it reported that Messi underwent an MRI today that revealed a bone contusion on his left knee. Although he did not confirm it and the squad list has not yet come out, Messi will not play tomorrow against Metz, as a visitor, since in 48 hours new studies will be carried out to monitor the evolution of that blow.