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Lionel Messi injured, doubtful for Argentina Copa America debut

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Argentina is certainly one of the favorites to win the Copa América. But the best player on the team is in pain.

Barcelona superstar and Albiceleste captain Lionel Messi suffered a back injury during his national team's friendly against Honduras on Friday. The player took a knock in the back in the second half, and was immediately taken out to the locker room, and later to a hospital for further testing. The results came back without any serious problems, but there is an "important bone bruise" that's causing a lot of pain.

The latest updates from Argentine media say that Messi has left the national team camp and went to his home town of Rosario, along with his personal doctor and the Argentina physician. Messi will remain in Rosario until Wednesday treating the problem, before having to travel back to Catalonia where he's expected to testify about his tax evasion allegations.

After the quick trip to Barcelona, Messi will travel to the United States to rejoin his teammates and finish the preparations for the Copa América debut against Chile in eight days. Even if he is still in pain, Messi will play the tournament because there's no serious injury.