According to several papers, Lionel Messi, the forward for Paris Saint-Germain, may be out for a few weeks due to a bruised knee.
When he was taken off in last weekend's win against Lyon, the 34-year-old spurned a handshake from Mauricio Pochettino, which was assumed to be a tactical alteration at the time.
Messi, though, has since been diagnosed with a bone contusion in his left knee, and the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was forced to miss his side's triumph over Metz on Wednesday.
The problem was initially assumed to be minor, but Messi's knee injury, according to Spanish medical outlet Mejor con Salud, might keep him out for several weeks.
According to the article, Messi may have suffered the original ailment versus Venezuela earlier this month, which has subsequently flared up, putting the striker at risk of more serious injuries that might keep him out for months.
Messi will undergo more tests on the issue this week, but he is already a serious question for Barcelona's Champions League match against Manchester City at the Parc des Princes next week.
Since his traumatic farewell from Camp Nou, the former Barcelona man has struggled to find his feet in Paris, with no goals and no assists in his first three games for the French giants.