Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi sidelined for three weeks with groin strain

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The Argentina international was replaced by Arda Turan just before the hour-mark of his Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old had pulled up in discomfort after tangling with Atletico defender Diego Godin, and was taken off by Luis Enrique as a precaution having initially attempted to play on.

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Barca have now announced that Messi is expected to be sidelined until the middle of next month, most likely until after the international break.

[BREAKING NEWS] Leo Messi has groin strain in his right leg and he will be out for around 3 weeks pic.twitter.com/LrzDbsgqM6

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He is set to miss LaLiga matches against Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo, as well as a Champions League trip to Borussia Monchengladbach, although Barca will hope to have him fit for the home match against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on October 19.