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Still Pending Tests, But Vilanova Confident Messi Will Be Back Soon

MRI tests usually take less than 24 hours, but until the results come back, no one will know for sure if there is serious damage from the injury Lionel Messi suffered in Barcelona's 0-0 match against Benfica.

But Tito Vilanova seems confident. "He won't be out for a long time," Tito told reporters in his post-match press conference.

Vilanova also defended his decision to play Messi in what was effectively a meaningless game, noting that a player can also be injured during training. "If he can't play against Betis on Sunday, so be it," the coach said.

The bruise on the front of the striker's left knee could sideline him for a match, but it appears his manager is not worried past that.

Messi was walking normally and appeared calm. As a precaution, he remains in the Hospital of Barcelona for now to have further tests.

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