Barcelona star Lionel Messi is to be out of action for up to 3 weeks. This statement is coming out from the club’s medical team. The player sustained a groin injury in his side’s 1-1 draw against Athletico Madrid at at camp nuo.
Barcelona took the lead through Ivan Rakitic’s strike towards the closing of the first half. Though Barcelona enjoyed a lot of possesions in the first half they were only able to create few chances. The second half saw Barcelona loosing Sergio Busquet and Lionel Messi to injury.
Prior to the match table topping Real Madrid played a 1-1 draw against Valencia and that gave Barcelona the opportunity to close up the gap.
The second half was fiercely contested and aside the injury sustained by Messi being the major talking point, the drama between Luis Suarez and Felipe Luis was also a notable talking point of the match. Andrea Correa got the equalizer for Athletico to ensure that the capital club leave Barcelona with a point.
The injury sustained by the five times Ballon d’Or winner means he will miss Argentina’s world cup qulifier matches against Peru and Paraguay next month. He will also miss Brcelona’s second Champions league group stage match against Borussia Moenchenglabach.
Likewise he will also miss Barcelona’s Champions league match when Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City comes visiting on October 19.
Barcelona won 8 of their 10 matches the last time Messi sustained a long injury. Striker Luis Suarez also admit that though it would be difficult for the team to play without Messi– they would have to step up their game.