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Injured Lionel Messi misses again for PSG


Lionel Messi has not yet recovered from his injury.© AFP

Lionel Messi will be missing again due to injury for Paris Saint Germain‘s Ligue 1 match at Bordeaux at the weekend, but coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday he was hopeful the six-time Ballon d’Or winner for Argentina would appear in the upcoming international window. PSG have said Messi will miss the trip to Bordeaux due to “knee and thigh muscle aches”, the same problems that set him apart in the Champions League 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig in the middle of the week.

“Tomorrow he will not be available to play for the team. We will see if he can travel to play for his country,” Pochettino told reporters.

“We hope he can play for his country and then return to us fit.”

Argentina play next Friday, November 12, against Uruguay in Montevideo and then host Brazil four days later in San Juan, as they want to approach qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Messi, who was in Madrid this week and received treatment, has endured a stop-start to his PSG career and has appeared in just eight out of a possible 15 matches between league and Champions League.

The former Barcelona man has scored three goals in three matches in Europe but has yet to score domestic points and has only completed 90 minutes in Ligue 1 twice.

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PSG, who are eight points ahead of Ligue 1, are also without Leandro Paredes, Rafinha, Marco Verratti, Presnel Kimpembe and Sergio Ramos for the game at Bordeaux.

Ramos, who has been plagued by a calf injury, has yet to make his debut for PSG since signing for Real Madrid, but PSG said in their medical bulletin on Friday that the Spanish defender will return with the rest of the team next week.

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