Lionel Messi suffers a knee injury, putting his Champions League qualification in jeopardy.

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Lionel Messi suffers a knee injury, putting his Champions League qualification in jeopardy.

PSG announced Tuesday that Lionel Messi injured his knee bone in Paris Saint-triumph Germain’s over Lyon and will miss the club’s next encounter. His status for the Champions League is also in doubt due to the injury.

“Lionel Messi received an MRI on Tuesday morning following a knock to his left knee against Lyon, which confirmed evidence of bruising of the bone,” PSG said in a statement. “In 48 hours, a follow-up examination will be performed.”

In Sunday’s 2-1 triumph over Lyon at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Messi started as forward. In the 76th minute of his PSG debut at home, he was replaced.

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters Tuesday, “We saw that Messi was clutching his knee.” “I’m quite pleased with what he performed in the match [against Lyon].” We made the decision” to take him out after 75 minutes, based on the facts we had.

“Messi is a tremendous champion, and he didn’t want to come off, like all great champions do. I’m pleased with his dedication and performance. He hasn’t scored yet, but he has performed admirably.”

Messi had four shots in his new team’s triumph on Sunday, but has yet to score or assist a goal. He left Barcelona after 21 years and joined PSG in August. At the age of 13, he joined the Spanish La Liga powerhouse’s academy.

PSG takes on Metz in Ligue 1 on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EDT in Metz, France. On Saturday, the team hosts Montpellier in another Ligue 1 match. PSG will face Manchester City in Champions League group play on September 28 at 3 p.m. in Paris.

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