Barcelona’s Lionel Messi will be sidelined for two to three weeks with an injury to his right leg, ruling him out of Tuesday’s Champions League match at Celtic and two World Cup qualifiers for Argentina.
Messi hurt a muscle in his right thigh after scoring in Barcelona’s 2-0 win at Almeria on Saturday.
A statement on the Barcelona web site said:
Tests carried out by the Club’s medical services this morning have confirmed the initial diagnosis that Leo Messi has suffered a slight thigh injury in his right leg. The Argentine will be out for between two and three weeks, which means that he definitely won’t be available for the two matches coming up for FC Barcelona this week: Tuesday in Glasgow against Celtic, and Saturday in the Camp Nou against Valladolid. That will be followed by another international break meaning that Barça will have to wait until 19th October to resume the league programme against Osasuna in Pamplona.
It is Messi’s second leg injury of the season. He missed the second game of the season after bruising his left thigh and also missed several games at the end of last season with a right hamstring pull.