Messi to miss Celtic date

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's Champions League date with Celtic on Tuesday after being ruled out for two to three weeks.

Last Updated: 29/09/13 at 13:20 Post Comment

Lionel Messi (left): Ruled out for two or three weeks

Lionel Messi (left): Ruled out for two or three weeks

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Messi, the world player of the year, scored the opening goal against Almeria on Saturday night, but was forced to leave the pitch soon afterwards with a hamstring problem in his right leg.

"Leo Messi has a small injury to the biceps femoris (thigh) in his right leg," a Barcelona statement read.

"The Argentinian will be out for approximately two to three weeks, which will certainly force him to miss Barcelona's two games this week - on Tuesday against Celtic and next Saturday at the Camp Nou against Valladolid."

The 2-0 win at Almeria made it seven wins out of seven in La Liga for Barca, setting a club record for the best start to a Spanish league campaign.

Messi joins a growing injury list for the Spaniards; Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba are both out with hamstring problems while veteran centre-back Carles Puyol is another who will not feature at Celtic Park.

Barcelona opened their Group H Champions League campaign with a 4-0 home win over Ajax while Celtic were going down 2-0 in Milan.

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