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Lionel Messi is OUT of PSG trip to RB Leipzig due to hamstring and knee problems

Injured Lionel Messi is OUT of PSG’s trip to RB Leipzig due to hamstring and knee problems after Mauricio Pochettino removed him at half-time against Lille as a ‘precaution’

  • Lionel Messi was retired at half-time during PSG’s comeback against Lille
  • After the match, Mauricio Pochettino said the substitution was a ‘precaution’
  • The star forward struggled through the first half and was seen clutching his leg.
  • The Argentine will miss PSG’s Champions League game against RB Leipzig
  • Sergio Ramos, Marco Verratti and Leo Paredes are also out of the game.


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Lionel Messi has been left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s 21-man squad for PSG’s Champions League trip to RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

The Argentine’s problems in Ligue 1 continue as he is out of the Champions League clash after feeling pain in his left hamstring and knee, according to the newspaper. club website.

The forward was retired at halftime during the Parisian team’s comeback against Lille in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Lionel Messi is left out of the PSG squad to face RB Leipzig after being withdrawn against Lille

Lionel Messi is left out of the PSG squad to face RB Leipzig after being withdrawn against Lille

Coach Pochettino revealed that the substitution was a mere “precaution” after fans expressed confusion over the change.

But Messi has now been sidelined for his group stage match against Leipzig due to persistent hamstring and knee problems.

Messi visibly struggled during the first half and failed to make an impact when PSG fell behind the reigning league champions with him on the field.

But they mounted a magnificent late comeback with Marquinhos calling and Angel Di María scoring just two minutes from time.

Marquinhos crashed into the roof of the net at the far post to boost PSG's good comeback

Marquinhos crashed into the roof of the net at the far post to boost PSG's good comeback

Marquinhos crashed into the roof of the net at the far post to boost PSG’s good comeback

Angel Di Maria (left) scored the winner, ensuring the hosts now have a 10-point lead at the top

Angel Di Maria (left) scored the winner, ensuring the hosts now have a 10-point lead at the top

Angel Di Maria (left) scored the winner, ensuring the hosts now have a 10-point lead at the top

When asked about his decision to remove the former Barcelona player, Pochettino told Amazon Prime: ‘We have to wait. We spoke to the doctor. It is a precaution.

He couldn’t go on, but it’s not a big deal. It will be available for the next game. ‘

There were concerns about whether the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would have been able to participate in the league clash, after missing PSG’s training session on Thursday.

But Pochettino deemed him fit enough to play, a decision that appears to have backfired, as throughout his cameo, Messi was seen feeling the back of his leg.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino's decision to play against Messi was counterproductive, as he will miss PSG's next game

Boss Mauricio Pochettino's decision to play against Messi was counterproductive as he will miss PSG's next game.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to play against Messi was counterproductive as he will miss PSG’s next game.

The Argentine star visibly struggled during the Ligue 1 clash and failed to make an impact

The Argentine star visibly struggled during the Ligue 1 clash and failed to make an impact

The Argentine star visibly struggled during the Ligue 1 clash and failed to make an impact

Now he will miss the match in Europe, where he has scored all three of his goals for PSG so far.

Messi’s target against Lille condemned him to his fifth consecutive game in the top flight without a goal.

The superstar made the sensational move to the French capital in the summer from his childhood club Barcelona, ​​but has not been able to get started.

Messi has yet to score in a league game, but he has not derailed his team’s bid to regain the top flight title, as they are 10 points clear at the top.

Sergio Ramos also does not appear, as he continues to train individually following reports that the club is considering ending the Real Madrid icon yet to make a single appearance with PSG since joining in the summer.

Meanwhile, Marco Verratti and Leo Paredes also remain on the sidelines.

SQUARE OF PSG IN FRONT OF RB LEIPZIG

1. Keylor Navas

2. Achraf Hakimi

3. Presnel Kimpembe

5. Marquinhos

7. Kylian Mbappé

9. Mauro Icardi

10. Neymar JR

11. Angel Di Maria

15. Danilo Pereira

17. Colin Dagba

18. Georginio Wijnaldum

20. Layvin Kurzawa

21. Ander Herrera

22. Abdou Diallo

23. Julian Draxler

24. Thilo Kehrer

25. Nuno Mendes

27. Idrissa Gueye

28. Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe

50. Gianluigi Donnarumma

60. Alexandre Letellier

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