Lionel Messi gave the world of football a massive scare midweek when he came up injured against Benfica. The Barcelona star had to be carted off the field as the Camp Nou grew very silent.
The club was obviously worried, along with every Barcelona fan. Messi has rarely been injured and, at times, seems to be indestructible. But when the Argentine hits the pitch and stays down, it is a worrying sight.
As soon as Messi left the pitch there was one question on everyone's mind: how long will Messi be out?
Luckily, it did not take the club long to reveal the extent of the injury. The club's official website reported this morning the Messi will indeed travel with the team to play and it looks more likely that he will feature.
Whether Messi is healthy enough to play does not seem to be the issue. The bigger question is should he play?
I do not believe it is wise for the club to play Messi. Let's take a look at the reasons why.