LEIPZIG, Argentina big star Lionel Messi will miss tomorrow’s Champions League match against RB Leipzig due to injury, Paris Saint Germain announced today.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, 34, suffered from left hamstring problems and a sore throat.
Messi won PSG Ligue 1 2-1 win over Lille at half-time last Friday but coach Mauricio Pochettino said he expected him to be in good shape for Leipzig.
However, he missed training yesterday and today the club confirmed that he will finally be in good shape.
A PSG statement said the four-time Champions League winner “suffered hamstring pain in his left thigh and knee pain”.
Messi could also doubt the Ligue 1 clash between PSG and Bordeaux Ringer on Saturday.
He will then play two World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil with his national team.
Tomorrow is the third game Messi has missed this season due to injury after missing two Ligue 1 games at the end of September.
Messi has quietly started his magic with the French giants since arriving from Barcelona in August.
However, he made one of his best appearances in a 3-2 win against Leipzig four weeks ago in Paris, when he scored the winner from the penalty spot with a penalty kick.
He said after almost two decades at Barcelona, one of the main reasons he joined PSG was to win a fifth Champions League trophy.
PSG will also lose influential midfielder Marco Verratti, who suffered a hip injury but will welcome French world champion Kylian Mbappe into the squad after missing the match against Lille.
PSG is top of the Champions League group with seven points after three games.
The Manchester City finalists who lost last season are one point behind while Leipzig is still three defeats behind.
Bulls Rally Late To Beat Celtics, Pacers Snap Skid
Chicago stretched its lead to double figures after that and outscored Boston 39-11 overall in the final quarter.
Dosunmu finished with 14 points, Lonzo Ball added 12 for the Bulls, who earned their sixth win in seven games to start the season.
Jaylen Brown had 28 points and seven rebounds to lead the Celtics. Jayson Tatum scored 20, Al Horford chipped in 20 with 10 rebounds and Marcus Smart scored 16 in the loss.
Boston dropped to 2-5 on the season, marking its worst seven-game start since the 2006-07 campaign when they lost six of their first seven games.
Elsewhere, Domantas Sabonis scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Indian Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 131-118 blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs.
The Pacers cruised to a 22 point lead at halftime and stretched that to 25 halfway through the third quarter in front of a crowd of 17,900 at Bainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“I thought this was the kind of game we needed, the type of game we need to play,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I would like not to give up 118 points, but we need to embrace this and keep working to get better.”
Myles Turner added 19 points, Justin Holiday scored 17, Chris Duarte racked up 18 for the Pacers who sank a season-high 18 three-pointers in the win.
Dejounte Murray scored a team-high 16 points for the Spurs, who had allowed just 93 points to the defending league champ, Milwaukee Bucks, on Saturday.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn’t like his team’s effort Monday.
“Our worst game of the year,” he said.
In Philadelphia, Seth Curry scored 23 points, Georges Niang added 21 and the host Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 113-103.
Furkan Korkmaz added 15 points and Andre Drummond had 14 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and five steals for the short-handed Sixers, who won their third in a row.
The Sixers played without Joel Embiid (rest), Ben Simmons (personal), and Tobias Harris (Covid-19 health protocols).