As it turns out, there’s a good reason Leo Messi was replaced against Olympique Lyon with 15 minutes still left on the clock on Sunday.
Last Sunday’s PSG match against Olympique Lyon offered a curious image of Leo Messi’s disapproval of Mauricio Pochettino’s decision. A picture of Leo’s bewildered face went viral instantly but we didn’t know the entire truth. According to L’Equipe, Pochettino made the decision to take Messi off the pitch due to a justifiable reason. As the game progressed at Parc des Princes, Messi picked up a knock on his knee that nobody noticed. During halftime, he reportedly told the manager that he felt some discomfort but he was able to continue.
There was a clear dip in his form during the second half and Pochettino needed to make a choice. Messi told the manager but his staff advised him to take the star off the pitch. Today, there is a report of Messi still in pain and possibly undergoing some tests in order to determine if he has a more serious injury. Leo has been heavily criticized for not delivering immediate results at PSG and this has to be a major setback for him if an injury is confirmed.
Messi still hasn’t scored for PSG.
Apart from a few hits on the bar, Leo Messi still hasn’t made a significant difference for PSG this season. Contrary to other transfers such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Memphis Depay, or Romelu Lukaku. The Argentine still needs to have that perfect day at his new club but a fresh injury would delay that opportunity. Although he already played with Neymar and Mbappe twice, Leo is the one who still hasn’t done much on the pitch.
Should an injury be confirmed, Messi might end up missing at least PSG’s next match. However, we still can’t confirm nor deny if this will happen in any case. As of now, Messi is still being considered to play the upcoming matches for PSG in every competition. So far, he’s just been unfortunate to not score a single goal in the current season.