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Messi injury blow for Barca

22 August 2013, 11:08

Barcelona - Barcelona said their talismanic forward Lionel Messi injured his left leg during Wednesday's 1-1 Spanish Super Cup draw at Atletico Madrid.

Messi was replaced by Cesc Fabregas at halftime in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup at the Vicente Calderon Stadium. New signing Neymar scored the equaliser following David Villa's opener for Atletico.

"Messi was substituted due to precaution for pain in the back of his left thigh caused by a knock," the club said.

The Argentina star had a minor muscle injury in his left leg last week but was cleared in time for Sunday's Spanish league opener in which he scored two goals in a 7-0 rout of Levante.

Messi missed several games at the end of last season with a right hamstring strain.

- Sapa - AFP

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