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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