Lionel Messi Injury: Update on Barcelona Star's Thigh, Potential Return Date
Barcelona fans will be forced to hold their breath, as superstar Lionel Messi was forced to be subbed out of the Spanish Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid with a hamstring injury.
Football writer Guillem Balague provides the details:
Leo Messi has got a muscle worry in the back of his leg (hamstring). Tomorrow more tests (Barcelona have confirmed)— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 21, 2013
Messi has since returned to training and says he is fine.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 5
ESPN Spain correspondent Dermot Corrigan passes along a statement from Lionel Messi discussing his recent hamstring injury:
It was a bang, nothing more, [Lionel] Messi said. There was some swelling, but no tear. The club did not hide anything. The injury last season was difficult, but I am fine now.
I played half-injured, and suffered a relapse, so it was not easy to recover, he said. [But] I had time to get well on holidays, and I am good now, looking forward to continuing like this.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26
Messi back in training with the squad http://t.co/WzRkdbaYiU— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 26, 2013
The statement on the team site reads as follows:
Leo Messi was back in training with the rest of the squad this lunchtime after being rested as a precautionary measure for the game against Malaga, following the bruised thigh he suffered against Atletico Madrid last Wednesday.
UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 24
According to Barcelona's team site, Lionel Messi is out for the club's next match against Malaga:
On Saturday morning, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino named the 19 players for the second league match of the new season. Leo Messi, who is still recovering from bruising to his left thigh,will not make the trip down to Malaga.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 23
Lionel Messi is a major doubt for Barcelona's trip to Malaga on Sunday after he was again forced off with bruising on his hamstring during the Catalans' 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Messi has now played the 90 minutes in just one of Barcelona and Argentina's last 27 matches stretching back to when he initially picked up a hamstring strain against Paris Saint-Germain in April.
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 22
According to Barcelona's official website, Messi is doubtful for the club's next match:
Tests have revealed that the Argentinian has bruised the femoral biceps tendon in his left thigh. The FCB Medical Services have announced that they will be monitoring the player’s progress this week before deciding whether he will be fit to play on Sunday.
The Argentinian, who battled a left thigh strain during preseason but scored a brace in the opener against Levante, never really looked like himself during Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup fixture with Atletico Madrid
He played an ineffective 45 minutes, often showing signs of discomfort before being brought off for Cesc Fabregas at halftime.
When Messi left, the Catalans trailed 1-0 thanks to an early goal from former Barca striker David Villa. The man who essentially took his place, Neymar, evened things up with a header in the 66th minute.
The 21-year-old Brazilian, who has often drawn comparisons to Messi, will certainly make it easier for the Spanish side to tread water without the unequivocal best player in the world. Signed by Barca this summer, Neymar went on to showcase his creativity, electrifying pace and magical dribbling skills with a transcendent performance at the Confederations Cup.
Still, there is no replacing Messi. The four-time Ballon d'Or winner tallied 46 goals and 12 assists in La Liga play last season.
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