Lionel Messi missed Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 away fixture against Reims due to his calf injury, and the ailment will keep him on the sidelines for at least one more match. On Monday, PSG officially ruled the Argentine forward out from its UEFA Champions League home group stage fixture against Benfica due to his nagging injury.
During his pre-match press conference, PSG manager Christophe Galtier provided a notable update on Messi’s injury, as he noted that the veteran forward could make his return to action in the team’s league home fixture against Olympique de Marseille.
“Leo felt a discomfort in his calf against Benfica,” Galtier said. “We thought he would be able to participate in tomorrow’s game, but in the end it is still limited. He is much better, he is confident, but he still has an unpleasant feeling, so he prefers not to play tomorrow.
“For Marseille, we will see the evolution all week, but it is very likely that he will be present.”
Messi has been quite a reliable player in PSG’s attack as of late, as he has recorded at least one goal contribution in his last five appearances for the reigning Ligue 1 champions. With Messi out against Benfica, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will have to once again work together to lead PSG’s attack.