Messi muscle injury ruled out after tests

Published 01/18/2016, 9:24 AM EST
Football Soccer – Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao – Spanish Liga – Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona – 17/1/16Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao. REUTERS/Albert Gea


MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi did not sustain a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 6-0 La Liga victory at home to Athletic Bilbao as initially feared, tests showed on Monday.

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Messi, who scored Barca’s opening goal from the penalty spot, was replaced at halftime and coach Luis Enrique told a news conference the decision had been taken as a precaution.

“Tests conducted this morning on first-team player Lionel Messi have ruled out a hamstring injury in the right leg and he is merely suffering some mild discomfort,” Barca said in the statement on their website.

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The Spanish and European champions did not say if the FIFA Ballon d’Or holder would be available for Wednesday’s King’s Cup quarter-final, first leg at Bilbao.

Messi missed two months late last year with a knee injury but has looked close to his best in recent weeks.

Barca’s Spain fullback Jordi Alba also had to come off in the second half on Sunday after damaging a thigh muscle and medical staff said he would be out for around 10 days.

(Writing by Iain Rogers, editing by Justin Palmer)

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