An update on the fitness of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi has been provided on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are of course set to return action in a little over 24 hours’ time. Having long sewn up the Ligue 1 title, the capital giants are primed to welcome Troyes to the Parc des Princes, with little, all told, left to play for.
PSG’s efforts to put on a late-season show in front of their home fans, though, could yet come sans the services of one of the club’s star performers.
The player in question? Lionel Messi.
As confirmed in a statement across the club’s social media platforms this afternoon, veteran attacker Messi was forced to train away from the rest of Pochettino’s squad over the last couple of days, after picking up a rib problem.
The Argentine, in turn, could be forced to sit out the action in Paris versus Troyes, ahead of a fresh medical checkup on Sunday morning.
‘Leo Messi trained individually after feeling pain in his ribs. Another review will be conducted tomorrow morning,’ PSG’s statement confirmed.
Elsewhere, the trio of Leandro Paredes (groin), Mauro Icardi (quad) and Julian Draxler remain unavailable for selection, though the latter could mark his return to the pitch before the season is out, having now resumed training ‘both with and without the ball’.
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This article was edited by Ben Browning.