Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 clash with Bordeaux through injury, but the forward is expected to be available for Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi was replaced at half-time in PSG’s 2-1 comeback win over Lille last week and subsequently missed Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
The Barcelona legend is continuing to struggle with a knee and hamstring issue and will not be risked against Bordeaux on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to tighten their grip on top spot.
Messi also missed a string of games upon joining PSG from Barca in August, but Pochettino is hopeful his compatriot can return to action during Argentina’s games with Uruguay and Brazil over the next fortnight. “Lionel’s not available on Saturday and will not travel with us,” Pochettino said at Friday’s pre-match news conference. “We hope that he’ll be available for Argentina and return to us afterwards.”
Messi has had 15 shots in Ligue 1 without finding the net since arriving on a free transfer from Barcelona, failing to score from an expected goals value of 1.9, with his only three goals for PSG coming in the Champions League.
The superstar forward is not alone in enduring a frustrating start to a new career outside of Spain, with team-mate Sergio Ramos yet to feature for the club since joining on a free transfer from Real Madrid in July.
Reports from France this week suggested PSG chiefs are growing restless with Ramos on his road to recovery, but the experienced centre-back is now closing in on a return to action.
PSG confirmed on their official website on Friday that Ramos is set to take part in full training next week, potentially meaning he could make his long-awaited debut against Nantes on November 20.