Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Argentina’s friendly against Morocco last Tuesday after suffering a groin injury in the 3-1 loss to Venezuela on Friday.
The 31-year-old forward played the full 90 minutes in Argentina’s surprise defeat. It was his first match for the national team since the 2018 FIFA World Cup and it resulted with him suffering a groin injury during the match.
This incident had Barcelona worried that Messi would miss the huge games coming up for them, especially after being ruled out of Argentina’s match against Morocco in Tangier.
This is not Messi’s first injury this season. He has been sidelined for three weeks, earlier, due to a fracture to the radial bone in his right arm. However, the world class player has been lucky with injuries during his career, and so has Barcelona who have won 5 matches played without him during his arm rupture.
This time’s strain nevertheless doesn’t seem to be too serious. According to Spanish publication Marca, Messi is expected to be available for Barcelona’s next match, when they host local rivals Espanyol on 30 March. Barca’s Manager, Ernesto Valverde, is hopeful the forward is back at full fitness for that encounter.
Correspondingly, Lionel Messi is highly unlikely to be missing the Champions League quarter-final, where an electrifying matchup for Barcelona against Manchester United awaits.
Holding a 10-point lead, Barcelona have stormed to La Liga’s summit with Messi leading their line, and he leads the league’s scoring charts with 29 goals in 26 appearances. His record on the season sits at 39 goals and 18 assists in 37 appearances in the league and UEFA Champions League.
The Barcelona and Argentina captain is irreplaceable. Our thoughts go out for you, Leo!