Lionel Messi ruled out for two matches with ankle injury
Lionel Messi will miss a minimum of two games after sustaining an ankle injury during Barcelona’s league clash with Atletico Madrid.
The Argentina international was mercilessly tackled by Atletico’s Tomas Ujfalusi and was subsequently stretchered off during Barca’s 2-1 victory at the Vincente Calderon. The Czech Republic defender was dismissed for the late challenge.
It had been feared the 23-year-old European footballer of the year might have fractured his ankle but tests revealed the injury was only ligament damage.
A statement on Barcelona’s website revealed Messi will definitely miss the next two La Liga matches against Sporting Gijon on Wednesday and Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Pep Guardiola will be hoping to have the indispensable attacking midfielder available for Barca’s next Champions League match against Rubin Kazan on 29 September.
In 2006 Messi missed three months after suffering a fractured metatarsal bone in his left foot during Barca’s match against Real Zaragoza.