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Worry for Barcelona as Lionel Messi expected to miss Spain clash

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Lionel Messi’s fitness is starting to become a real worry with multiple outlets reporting that the Barcelona star has been ruled out of Argentina’s clash with Spain on Tuesday.

Messi missed Friday’s win over Italy after feeling some discomfort in his hamstring and he admitted he had been carrying the problem for some time.

Coach Jorge Sampaoli played down the injury and Messi himself said that he was hoping to play against Spain but that it would depend on how he’s feeling.

Well, it seems that he’s not feeling too great and Barcelona must be growing concerned with Messi set to return to the club this week.

Barca resume La Liga action on Saturday as they travel to Sevilla and then have a pretty crucial Champions League quarter-final against Roma on Wednesday,

It’s difficult to know at this stage how big a problem Messi’s injury actually is and whether Argentina are simply doing the right thing and refusing to risk him at all.

Let’s hope it’s the latter.