The Barcelona ace pulled up after a challenge with Diego Godin, with it later being confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account that he had ruptured an adductor muscle in his right leg.
Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Wednesday proved far more costly than it may have first looked. After drifting in and out of the game for the most-part, Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi pulled up with an injury shortly after half-time.
After doing his utmost to run it off, it soon became clear that the issue concerning Messi was more than just a knock, with the Barcelona man limping off to rapturous ovations from the Blaugrana faithful just before the hour-mark.
It was a strange site, as the Catalunyan side’s star man seems to get injured so rarely.
Barca boss Luis Enrique spoke to the Spanish media about the loss of their key man: ‘Losing Messi is a loss to us and a loss to football. With Leo we are stronger, but we are still strong without him‘.
Quite literally adding insult to injury, Atletico then immediately equalised, with Diego Simeone’s inspired introduction of Angel Correa paying dividends within 60 seconds of the forward stepping onto the pitch. The young Argentinian capitalised on a slip from Javier Mascherano to slot coolly into the bottom left corner beyond the rooted Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
With arch-rivals Real Madrid having maintained their three-point lead at the top of La Liga, the events of last night could prove costly for the Catalunyan side in the long run. The pressure will now be on Neymar, Suarez and co. to deliver without the world’s greatest player, something which Barcelona have struggled with in recent seasons.
Get well soon Leo!