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Barcelona Injury Report: Lionel Messi

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The world's best player has a tricky problem

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Every Barcelona fan in the world was nervously waiting for an update on Lionel Messi's condition. We got it now.

After being ruled out of Argentina's match against Venezuela and returning to Catalonia earlier than expected, the Barça superstar went through a battery of tests on Monday to determine the exact state of his problem, and the club released a statement shortly after:

Tests conducted today on Leo Messi have confirmed that they player is still having trouble with the adductor muscle in his left hamstring. He has been recommended to lighten his training load over the next few days and his availability will depend on how the issue progresses.

Source: FCBarcelona.com

It doesn't sound like a serious injury, but it's not an easy issue. Messi isn't exactly hurt, but he could be if he continues to train hard and play 90 minutes every three days for the next couple of weeks. It does look like Luis Enrique will rest Leo for the La Liga game against Alavés this weekend to have him fully recovered and ready for the Champions League opener against Celtic next Tuesday. Leo is stubborn as hell and will want to play anyway, but if there's risk of injury, and it sounds like there is, he should rest.