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Messi sidelined for upcoming matches

By IANS Updated: Sep 27, 2019 1:23 am

Barcelona, Sep. 26 (IANS): Barcelona FC have confirmed that star striker Lionel Messi has elongated his left adductor and will be sidelined for the upcoming games. However, no timeline has been mentioned for his recovery.
The Argentine suffered from the injury during Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Villarreal.
“First team player Leo Messi has elongated his left adductor. He is out and his recovery will determine his availability,” the club said in a statement.

Messi, who on Monday won Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award, played the first 45 minutes of Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Villarreal, his first start after a preseason injury.

Despite only playing the first half, the Argentine was superb, assisting Antoine Griezmann on Barca’s first goal, which Messi chalked up with a corner kick.

Messi missed Barcelona’s first four league matches of the season with a separate calf problem, although he made his return via a 30-minute substitute appearance in a goal-less draw with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Barcelona penalised for Griezmann approach
FC Barcelona were on Thursday fined 300 euros by the Spanish Football Federation for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at La Liga rival Atletico Madrid.

According to a BBC report, Spanish soccer giants Barcelona broke protocol by negotiating with Griezmann without Atletico’s consent according to the federation.

Griezmann was signed on a five-season contract.
The announcement had come after the player’s international representatives paid his 120 million-euro buyout clause included in his contract with Atletico Madrid, as was reported by Efe news.

Atletico has claimed the “commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed” prior to the clause reduction. They believed his buyout clause should have been 200m euros (£179m), the BCC report said.

By IANS Updated: Sep 27, 2019 1:23:14 am