Lionel Messi has dealt Paris Saint-Germain a blow, with the Ligue 1 giants confirming that the Argentine forward has undergone a scan on a knee problem.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was surprisingly subbed off in his latest appearance against Lyon, with Mauricio Pochettino having to attend to plenty of questions as to why the all-time great was substituted.
Although, there were suggestions at the time that the 34-year-old Argentine had taken a slight knock, with that now confirmed by PSG ahead of their midweek outing against Metz.
“Lionel Messi, who took a knock to his left knee against Lyon, underwent an MRI on Tuesday morning which confirmed signs of bruising of the bone, PSG revealed in a fitness update on the club’s official website.
“A follow-up examination will be carried out in 48 hours.”
With Messi now being rested in a bid to prevent him from suffering any further damage, he will not feature in the game against Metz on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pochettino saw his side battle to a dramatic 2-1 win over Lyon last time out and he will shuffle his pack against Metz.
Marco Verratti is edging his way back into contention from a knee injury that has forced the Euro 2020 winner to sit out four games so far.
The Italian midfielder is running again in training, while Spanish centre-half Sergio Ramos, who is still waiting on his PSG debut, will seek to shake off a niggling calf complaint.