Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks after suffering a groin strain as he limped off in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.
The five-time World Player of the Year missed Argentina’s World Cup qualifier with Venezuela earlier this month due to the problem and only started Barca’s shock 2-1 defeat to Alaves 10 days ago on the bench as coach Luis Enrique bedded him back into action gently.
After an innocuous tussle with Atletico’s Diego Godin in the second half of Wednesday night’s La Liga clash at
the Nou Camp, the 29-year-old went down holding his groin, and was eventually brought off looking distraught.
Messi was withdrawn in the 59th minute at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night Barcelona confirmed on their Twitter account after the game that the Argentine will be out for three weeks with a groin strain in his right leg.
“To lose Messi means that football loses,” Enrique said after the draw. “With Messi we are stronger, but we will continue being strong”
Messi’s absence had an immediate impact as Angel Correa scored for Atletico just a minute after his international teammate went off to level the scores at 1-1.
The Argentine’s replacement Arda Turan had barely taken up his position when Atletico leveled as Correa coolly slotted home after Javier Mascherano’s slip
offered him a clear path to goal.
The injury means Messi will likely miss games against Sporting Gijon (away), Monchengladbach (away), Celta
Vigo (away) and Deportivo (home), but should return for the home Champions League clash with Manchester
City on October 19.
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