Lionel Messi injury update: PSG star “doubtful” for UEFA Champions League match vs Bayern Munich


PSG succumbed to defeat against Marseille in a Coupe de France edition of Le Classique on Wednesday, but they may have lost so much more than that.

Injuries keep coming for the Parisians as Lionel Messi has emerged with a hamstring injury and could miss key upcoming matches.

Messi’s injury comes as Kylian Mbappe is already sidelined with a hamstring injury of his own, while Neymar only returned to action against Marseille on Wednesday after missing two weeks with “muscular fatigue”.

PSG are also missing Presnel Kimpembe, Nordi Mukiele and Renato Sanches due to injuries, leaving the squad extremely thin as the UEFA Champions League knockout stage kicks off on Tuesday 14 February.

With Messi expected to attack PSG during Mbappe’s absence, the French side will now be looking forward to the timely return of both as their season teeters on the brink of disaster both domestically and across Europe.

What is Messi’s injury?

Lionel Messi completed the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Marseille in the Coupe de France quarterfinals on February 8, struggling at times to be involved in his team’s attacking moves. However, there were no immediate signs of injury as the match came to a close.

The following day, on February 9, news broke that Messi suffered a hamstring injury in the game and will be out for a week, putting his status for the game against Bayern Munich in Champions League play in serious peril.

Reports from L’Equipe and ESPN both claimed that Messi would certainly miss the weekend’s Ligue 1 game against AS Monaco, and his status for the Champions League Round of 16 opener could be in doubt. Julien Laurens of ESPN reported that Messi is “doubtful” for the game, and even if Messi passed fit to play in the match “he wouldn’t be 100% anyway.”

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