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Lionel Messi To Miss Games With Groin Injury

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Barcelona lose Lionel Messi to groin injury during draw with Atletico Madrid

Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks after suffering a groin strain in Barcelona’s draw with Atletico Madrid, the club has confirmed.

The striker went off on 59 minutes on Wednesday after a Diego Godin tackle.

Barcelona’s coach Luis Henrique said afterwards: “To lose Messi means that football loses. With Messi we are stronger, but we will continue being strong”

“Lionel Messi will be out of action for around three weeks. The Argentine star tore a muscle in his groin in the second half of the game against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.” said the statement.

He was forced to miss Argentina’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Venezuela earlier this month with a groin injury, but has played in all five La Liga games for his club this season.

The Argentine could return for Barca’s Champions League tie with Manchester City on 19 October.

Messi will be ruled out of games against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League, Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo in La Liga, and World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Paraguay.