Lionel Messi has been excluded from Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 trip to Metz on Wednesday with a knee injury that also renders him doubtful for a reunion with Pep Guardiola next week.
The Argentina international sustained the problem during PSG’s late 2-1 win against Lyon on Sunday as they made it six wins from six to begin their new league campaign.
Messi made his home debut in that match but was substituted off with the scores level, meaning he has yet to score in three appearances since joining from Barcelona last month.
PSG will not have Messi in their squad to face Metz at Stade Saint-Symphorien, with that game coming six days before a Champions League trip to Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The Argentine star underwent Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on Tuesday after taking a knock to his knee during Saturday’s 2-1 win. Results showed signs of bone bruising, the club said in a statement.
PSG also confirmed that Marco Verratti returned to training on Tuesday, while Sergio Ramos is yet to feature since joining from Real Madrid as he is training individually.