Messi to miss PSG’s Champions League clash with Benfica through injury

Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League group stage clash with Benfica on Tuesday due to a calf injury.

  • Argentine out of European tie
  • Suffered calf contracture
  • Missed weekend match against Reims

WHAT HAPPENED? The Argentine picked up the injury during PSG’s trip to Portugal last week, where they were held to a 1-1 draw. Messi’s world-class strike at Estadio da Luz had put his team in front before the home side hit back through Danilo Pereira’s own goal.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: With eight goals and as many assists in 13 matches across all competitions, Messi is enjoying a purple patch in his second season with the reigning French champions. In his absence, PSG failed to produce a goal over the weekend as they were held to a goalless draw by Reims in Ligue 1.


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WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI? PSG will hope that Messi recovers from his calf problem soon, allowing him to take to the field against Marseille in Ligue 1 on October 16.

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