Lionel Messi will miss Paris Saint-Germain’s sport away to Metz on Wednesday as a result of a knee harm which coach Mauricio Pochettino has stated was the actual purpose behind his shock choice to take the six-time Ballon d’Or winner off towards Lyon on the weekend.
The Argentine star underwent an MRI on Tuesday after taking a knock to his left knee throughout Sunday’s 2-1 win. Results confirmed indicators of bone bruising, the membership stated in a press release.
Messi was changed by Achraf Hakimi, a full-back, after 76 minutes towards Lyon, on his first dwelling look as a PSG participant since arriving from Barcelona.
The 34-year-old appeared to reject Pochettino’s hand as he walked previous his coach in direction of the Paris bench however the former Tottenham Hotspur boss later defended his choice to take Messi off with out mentioning the harm.
On Tuesday he admitted that Messi’s health was the rationale he made the change with the scores stage on the time.
“On the touchline we are always observing the players, seeing what is happening during the match, and we saw that Leo was looking at his knee,” Pochettino instructed reporters.
“We are happy with the way in which he performed. He performed very effectively within the first half, and the one factor lacking was a purpose.
“He played for 76 minutes and with all the information we had we decided to take him off,” added Pochettino, who stated he accepted that substituting a participant of Messi’s standing may shock observers.
“Of course I perceive the state of affairs and I settle for it as it’s.
– ‘Best thing for him’ –
“It will not be a shock for me, however the precedence is at all times the well-being of the participant and on this case we thought it was the most effective factor for him to take him off.
“All great champions always want to be on the pitch and that is understandable.”
Mauro Icardi’s stoppage-time headed purpose secured victory for PSG towards Lyon, leaving them with six wins out of six in Ligue 1 this season and already 5 factors away from second-placed Marseille, albeit having performed a sport extra.
They can be anticipated to maintain their run going away to a Metz facet who’re winless and prop up the division, though Pochettino might closely rotate his squad.
PSG are at dwelling to Montpellier on the weekend, when it stays to be seen if Messi will return. They then host Manchester City within the Champions League subsequent Tuesday, September 28.
“We have a squad of 35 players. They all deserve to play but there are not enough places,” admitted Pochettino.
The Argentine supervisor has additionally are available for criticism for the way in which his all-star workforce performed towards Lyon and in final week’s 1-1 draw at Club Brugge within the Champions League.
Those have been the primary two matches by which Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe had all performed collectively, however Pochettino says he wants time to get his concepts throughout.
“In basic, prior to now, in regular occasions, you had six or seven weeks in pre-season, plenty of pleasant matches to work on issues.
“Now we need to try things as we go along, during games. It is not a situation we like much but we have to get used to it.”
There is a full spherical of video games in France on Wednesday with Marseille aiming to proceed their unbeaten begin away at Angers.