Barcelona - Barcelona's Lionel Messi will not play again this season after
suffering a thigh injury in his team's 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid in La
Liga last weekend, the Catalan club announced on Tuesday.
Argentine striker has a right thigh strain that will prevent him from
playing for between two and three weeks and will not feature again this
season, as La Liga ends on June 1.
Barcelona secured the league
title - their fourth in five seasons - on Saturday when second-placed
Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at Espanyol.
day Messi started against Atletico at the Vicente Calderon but was
forced to come off in the 72nd minute, leaving Barca with 10 men as all
three substitutes had already been used.
The end of Messi's season
has been plagued by injuries, with a hamstring injury suffered while
playing against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the
Champions League last month limiting his involvement in recent weeks.
The 25-year-old has scored 46 goals in La Liga this season.