Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, have been sidelined for three weeks and will be missing out of the Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach plus trips to Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo, due to a groin injury sustained in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.
The Argentine pulled up lame shortly after the hour mark in the La Liga clash after tussling with Diego Godin for the ball, immediately clutching his right leg.
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He was forced to miss Argentina’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Venezuela earlier this month due to the same groin injury, which was initially feared to be an old problem he first picked up on international duty.
He has, however, played in all five La Liga games for his club this season but it now seems a certainty he will miss the Champions League clash against Borussia Monchengladbach and could return for Barca’s Champions League tie with Manchester City on 19 October.
Messi was forced to miss eight weeks last season after injuring his knee but Barca still won eight of the 10 games they had to play without their star man, and coach Luis Enrique said he was not worried about how his side would fare again without the maestro.
Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique told reporters after the match:
“Last year we also had an unfortunate situation but the team kept playing at a high level. To lose Messi means that football loses. With Messi we are stronger, but we will continue being strong.”
Sergio Busquets was also forced off with an injury in the second half of Wednesday’s game as Angel Correa’s equaliser cancelled out Ivan Rakitic’s opener at the Nou Camp.
But Luis Enrique explained the Spain international was merely worn out after recently recovering from illness, “He’s fine, he had the flu and with a game like this, he couldn’t cope in the end. He gave everything but in the end, he ran out of energy,” the coach added.