FC Barcelona's medical staff has confirmed that Lionel Messi, arguably the worlds greatest players, has been diagnosed with a femoral biceps tear of the left leg, that forced him to subbed off yesterday against Real Betis in the 22nd minute. As a result of the tear the Argentine will be forced to sit out the next six to eight weeks. The injury is unrelated to the hamstring injury that sidelined Messi for three weeks earlier this season.
Being out of action for nearly two months Messi will certainly miss La Liga games against Granada, Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and Getafe, as well as Champions League games against Ajax and Celtic, and Copa del Rey Round of 32 matches against Cartagena.
Looking at the fixtures Messi will miss he certainly could've "picked" a worse time to pick up an injury of this length, with only Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal providing a really noteworthy challenge, especially considering a Champions League promotion has already been achieved.
Messi has had terrible luck, or whatever you want to call it, with injuries over that past six months. Hopefully these two months on the mend will allow him to completely heal the right leg that was bothering him before as well as the left leg that is the cause of the latest injury.
Cesc Fabregas, who was also substituted off last night against Betis, received better news from the medical team as he will only missed about a week with a knee injury. The injury has ruled him out of Spain's friendly matches over the international break.