Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will miss the next three weeks of action because of a groin injury, and that timetable affects his national team.
#Eliminatorias Lionel Messi no estará frente a Perú y Paraguay por lesión https://t.co/w4XpKNKDJJ pic.twitter.com/Zj8Ak2qH2v— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) September 22, 2016
The Argentina national team announced on Thursday their confirmation that the Albiceleste captain will not recover in time to play against Peru and Paraguay in next month's South American World Cup Qualifiers. This was obvious from the start, but Argentina doctors needed to review Barça's medical report before officially ruling the player out. Standard procedure.
This is the second time in the same month that Messi has a groin problem. He injured the adductor muscle in his left leg in the game against Uruguay three weeks ago, which forced him to leave the national team early and return to Barcelona for treatment. Messi then strained the adductor muscle in his right leg on Wednesday's La Liga match against Atlético Madrid, which is a worrying sign.
Please get better for real, Messi. No more injuries. We need you.