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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

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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