Messi still missing for PSG but could face Man City in the Champions League

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi will not line up for Mauricio Pochettino's side against Montpellier, but may make European competition.

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Lionel Messi is out of Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 clash with Montpellier on Saturday due to injury. However, the Argentine forward could figure in a Champions League meeting with Manchester City as he is running again.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner picked up a knee injury during an outing against Lyon. As a result, he had to undergo an MRI scan and sit out training. He played no part in a dramatic 2-1 win over Metz in midweek. The medical team will make further assessment of his fitness on Sunday.

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PSG said in a statement on the club's official website: "Leo Messi started running again today in line with his treatment protocol.

"An update check is scheduled for Sunday."

"As you've seen in the medical update which comes out before the press conference, we are going to assess him. We hope he improves and on Sunday we will be able to give a positive update. We hope everything goes well and he will be available again.

Mauricio Pochettino at the pre-match press conference

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He further added: "We hope he can play . We have to be cautious to see how he evolves in the next few days."

The all-time great made a stunning move to France over the summer after reaching the end of his contract at Barcelona and failing to push through fresh terms. Messi has taken in just three outings for PSG so far, with only one of those seeing him complete 90 minutes.

His goal account in France is yet to be opened, with a spark still being sought alongside fellow superstar frontmen Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr.

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