Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi Out For 6-8 Weeks
Barcelona superstar striker Lionel Messi has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks due to a hamstring injury.
Messi limped off early in Barca's win over Real Betis on Saturday.
El Caliente also has a muscle tear in his left hamstring.
Messi has scored 14 goals in as many games for Barcelona to date this season.
He also injured his thigh against Almeriain September.
"The club's medical services confirmed that Leo Messi has a torn hamstring muscle in his left thigh and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks," said a Barca press release. "The first phase of Messi's recovery will be covered in Barcelona and he will then travel to Buenos Aires."
The current World Player of the Year will miss Argentina's friendlies against Ecuador and Bosnia-Hercegovina in November as well as a number of domestic La Liga matches.
"He needs to take as much time as he needs, to recover and get back to his level. We need him at his best," Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas told Spanish television.
"I had something similar at Arsenal. You think you're OK, but you're not.
"I had this injury and I wasn't right for up to a year and a half - it's a really frustrating injury.
"You need to take whatever time you need because if you don't it won't heal properly."
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Spanish La Liga : Real Betis 1-4 Barcelona
Neymar scored to put Barca ahead after a low Cesc Fabregas cross. Neymar broke the deadlock 10 minutes before the interval from close range.
Then Pedro's shot made it 2-0. Fabregas scored a making it 3-0, then he headed his side's fourth before Jorge Molina scored for Betis from the penalty spot.
The victory was their 12th win in 13 league games.
The loss of Messi will be a concern for Barca manager Gerardo Martino.
The 22-times champions of Spain are back in first place in the La Liga Table. Atletico Madrid is in second, Real Madrid is in third, Villereal is in fourth, Athletic is in fifth.
La Liga Results
SUN 10 NOV 2013
- Espanyol 1 - 3 Sevilla
- Valencia CF 2 - 2 Real Valladolid
- Villarreal 1 - 1 Atlético Madrid
- Real Betis 1 - 4 Barcelona
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- Real Madrid 5 - 1 Real Sociedad
- Getafe 1 - 1 Elche
- Athletic Club 2 - 1 Levante
- Celta de Vigo 0 - 2 Rayo Vallecano
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Cristiano Ronaldo AND Gareth Bale, Real Madrid
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During practice at Real Madrid, inter-team rivalry was evident between superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and newly hiured Gareth Bale, two of the world's biggest stars. at the start of the season in a campaign where Madrid will be hoping to reclaim the La Liga crown from FC Barcelona as well as win their first Champions League trophy since 2002.
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Bale has already gone out his way to acknowledge that Ronaldo is still the main man at the Spanish side.
'It was amazing to meet Cristiano yesterday, he's a nice guy. He made me feel welcome,' said Bale.
Reportedly Bale will likely make his Real Madrid debut in a Madrid shirt on the right side of the attack against Villarreal.
‘Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world. He is one of the major reasons I have signed. He was a massive factor in joining and hopefully we can win trophies together.’
Asked if he had come to help Ronaldo, Bale said: ‘He doesn’t need my help. He is already at the top and I am looking forward to playing alongside him and learning from him.’
Bale was asked who will take the Madrid free-kicks.
‘I will have to ask him," replied Bale
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Bale did not report to Tottenham's training ground on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Spurs manager Villas-Boas made it clear that he would like to see Bale fined. AVB revealed that Bale had said his goodbyes to his team-mates ahead of his move.
AVB has deals in place for the Steaua Bucharest centre-back Vlad Chiriches and the Roma forward Erik Lamela. Chiriches will cost £8m and Lamela around £26m, which would break the club's transfer record for the third time this summer. Tottenham have also made an €8m (£6.9m) bid for the Ajax attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen.
"At the moment the two clubs are speaking – Tottenham and Real Madrid – to outline the final decisions or statements of contracts and I am not sure how much time it will take," Villas-Boas said. "It could happen very, very soon. It might not happen so soon so I suppose it could go to the last days [of the window]. Or it could happen in the next two days.
"What's happening is a dream move for him [Bale] so I think in the end, this could have happened in a different way. But Tottenham will be in the end … there will be a three-way agreement for the player to go and Tottenham will accept most likely the biggest transfer in world football. In the end, if Tottenham accept it and everything goes all right, it will be end of story.
"In the end, this is an agreement between everybody. I'm not going to speak from his point of view. He goes to Real Madrid, the biggest club in world football, for the record transfer in world football. We wish him well."
"I gave the player the weekend off," Villas-Boas said. "Monday was then a day off for the squad. He is involved in a big transfer move to Real Madrid. In the end, if it happens, we wish him all the best, what he left here is great memories … and the fact that he hasn't turned up … I don't think it's the correct behaviour. But in the end, it's a position of pressure and a statement from the player or whatever that means. It's a position they chose to take. It's up to the club now to decide if it's a fineable offence."
"I am a Spurs professional, not a Spurs fan, so you may have to have ask a Spurs fan what are their opinions about the situation," said Villas-Boas, who was also asked whether Bale owed it to his team-mates and manager to say goodbye. "It's very difficult. In the end, you know, difficult. I don't know. It's up to Gareth. He has a good relationship with everybody and he has saluted the players the other day, myself included. "Is he on strike? No, I don't think he's on strike. Will he be in tomorrow? I don't know. I'm not really in control of the situation. I've left it up to the club to decide what they want to do. Until the transfer happens, the player is a Tottenham player. If there are orders for him to be here and he is not, I can only leave it to club officials to deal with it. It's up to the club to decide whether or not it's a breach of club rules. I've given my opinion on it. It's up to them to decide whether they act on it or not."