Barcelona blow as Messi is ruled out

Barcelona have been dealt a major blow with the news that star man Lionel Messi may miss the return leg against PSG with a hamstring injury that forced him off at halftime during the game on Tuesday night.

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Messi bagged the opening goal for the visitors but the game finished in a 2-2 draw so the game is nicely poised for the return leg at the Nou Camp. With two away goals Barcelona will be slight favourites to progress to the semi-finals but PSG will fancy their chances if the Argentine forward is ruled out.

Barca assistant coach Jordi Roura has refused to rule Messi out until he undergoes scans but reports suggest they will be without Messi for the crunch game.

“Messi has a small problem and we don’t know how it will affect him until he undergoes the tests [on Wednesday],” Roura told ESPN.

He added that, should Messi be unavailable for the return leg, it “will be a major loss because he is the best player in the world, but we have a big squad, and good players, and will try to win the tie”.

Javier Masherano has been ruled out of the return leg with a knee injury which could see the midfielder turned centre-back ruled out for six weeks.

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