Why is Lionel Messi not playing for PSG vs. Lorient?

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Paris Saint-Germain will visit Reims on Matchday 14 of the 2022-23 Ligue 1. Find out here why Lionel Messi is not playing for Christophe Galtier’s side this weekend.

Lionel Messi is having a fabulous season with Paris Saint Germain so far. With the 2022 World Cup just 15 days away, expectations are high on the Argentine. However, PSG have announced that he will not play against Lorient in Sunday’s Ligue 1 match (November 6) and fans are worried about his form.

However, the Argentina captain has shown no signs of anxiety lately. In fact, he has some of his best numbers with 12 goals and 13 assists in 18 games this season. And it comes from playing 90 minutes against Juventus in the Champions League.

However, there have been rumors of Messi’s alleged request to Christophe Galtier to release him from further PSG matches in order to be ready for Qatar 2022. Here’s a look at the real reason behind Messi’s absence from the Paris squad.

Lionel Messi’s reason to not play against Lorient on Sunday (Nov. 6th)

In a press conference on Saturday, Galtier denied that Messi asked him to not play for PSG. No player asked me not to play before the World Cup. It is not in the mentality of these great champions,” he said.

However, he also added that the team “will be alert to their state of form” or any “muscular distress.” And that’s the case for Messi, who will lose the game against Lorient due to an “inflamed Achilles tendon,” according to the PSG’s medical report.

The team specified that it was a “precautionary measure” and that “he will resume training next week.” Gaultier also spoke about Messi’s absence, saying that he thinks “he will be ready for the next game, just like Kimpembe.” 

The coach also added that “To replace him, Hugo Ekitike and Pablo Sarabia are possibilities. Neymar can also take Messi’s place. It could be Hugo or Pablo Sarabia.” Regarding the players who are worried about missing the World Cup, he said that he tells them “that you have to play hard, without restrictions. It is the best way to prepare.” 

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