Messi out for up to three weeks with muscle problem

Credit: Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be out of action for two to three weeks with a small hamstring problem in his right leg, the Spanish champions said in a statement on Sunday.

The World Player of the Year was substituted in Barca’s 2-0 La Liga victory at Almeria on Saturday soon after opening the scoring in the 21st minute with his eighth goal of the campaign.

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The Argentine will miss Barca’s trip to Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday and Saturday’s visit of Real Valladolid in La Liga.

There is then a two-week break for internationals when Argentina play World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay before the La Liga leaders return to action at Osasuna on the weekend of October 19/20.

Messi suffered a hamstring problem in his left leg at the beginning of the season.


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