The second half of Barcelona's great 6-0 win against Athletic Bilbao started with a strange sight: Lionel Messi, who had a great first period with a goal and an overall good performance, did not return to the pitch, being replaced by Arda Turan. Messi is hardly ever substituted, let alone at halftime.
Post-match comments by coach Luis Enrique and Sergio Busquets indicated that Messi felt a little muscle discomfort in his leg, and was taken to a hospital for further testings, which got fans nervous about the status of the world's best player.
Worry not, Barça fans. Messi is fine, according to the club:
Medical tests on striker Lionel Messi this Monday morning have revealed great news. It turns out that the Argentinian has not got a hamstring injury and has just taken a bit of a knock. It is uncertain whether or not he will be available for future matches, but there is nothing major to worry about.
Since there is only a two-day interval until the next match, once again versus Bilbao in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Messi is considered doubtful for the clash at San Mamés.
But it could be worse. Leo is good, thankfully.