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Ligue 1: Lionel Messi ruled out of Paris St Germain's game against Montpellier

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Lionel Messi will miss Paris St Germain's match against Montpellier on Saturday as he has not fully recovered from a bone bruising injury.

Messi suffered a knock on his left knee and an MRI scan earlier this week confirmed signs of a bone contusion. He missed PSG's 2-1 victory at Metz on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Argentine forward, who joined the French club from Barcelona on a two-year contract in August, will be assessed again on Sunday -- ahead of next week's Champions League home game against Manchester City.

"On the touchline we are always observing the players, seeing what is happening during the match, and we saw that Leo was looking at his knee," Pochettino told reporters.

"We are pleased with the way he played. He played very well in the first half, and the only thing missing was a goal.

"He played for 76 minutes and with all the information we had we decided to take him off," added Pochettino, who said he accepted that substituting a player of Messi's status might surprise observers.

"Of course I understand the situation and I accept it as it is.

PSG added midfielder Marco Verratti will return to training on Sunday while defender Sergio Ramos, who has yet to make his club debut, continues to train individually as he recovers from a calf injury.

The club are top of the Ligue 1 standings with a perfect win record from seven games.

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