PARIS — Lionel Messi is suffering from bone bruising, the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday, and will miss Paris Saint-Germain's trip to Metz on Wednesday.
"Lionel Messi, following the knock received on his left knee, has undergone an MRI this morning which confirms the signs of bone contusion, a new assessment will be made in 48 hours," PSG said in a statement.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 21, 2021
"We saw that during the game he was checking his knee and made some gestures," coach Mauricio Pochettino told a news conference.
PSG lead the Ligue 1 standings with a maximum 18 points.
Messi played half an hour against Stade de Reims last month before starting the last two games, against Club Brugge in the Champions League and at home to Lyon.
He has yet to score for PSG but has hit the woodwork twice.
Messi came real close pic.twitter.com/xGn0SfENp5— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 15, 2021
— JuniorMessi Muhammad Sobug (@JuniorMessiMS10) September 20, 2021
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)