FC Barcelona got a much-needed 2-1 win over Villarreal on Tuesday in order to help get its ship back on course. Unfortunately for them, however, that victory came at a cost.
According to the medical report released by the club on Wednesday afternoon, “Messi has elongated his left adductor. He is out and his recovery will determine his availability.”
The Argentine superstar was forced out of Barcelona’s win at halftime after experiencing discomfort in his left inner thigh. Trainers and team doctors were seen massaging and attempting to treat the thigh in order to keep Messi in the game, but he was replaced by Ousmane Dembele after the break.
It’s a disappointing bit of news for Barcelona, as Messi is their most important player and had already missed the first four games of the season with a foot injury.
While the club hasn’t provided specifics about the severity of the adductor sprain, it doesn’t appear to be an overly serious injury. The dynamic forward is expected to miss Barcelona’s weekend league clash against Getafe, but his availability is unknown for next Wednesday’s Champions League game against Inter Milan.
Barcelona will cross its fingers that their star man will miss just a short period of time with his newest injury knock.