Messi out three weeks after groin injury resurfaces in Barca’s 1-1 draw with Atletico

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Lionel Messi will be sidelined for the next three weeks after his groin problem resurfaced in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

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With Barca leading by one goal up in the second half, the Argentine dropped to the pitch, having struggled since reappearing after half-time.

Arda Turan was readied and came on his place, with Angel Correa grabbing Atletico’s equaliser almost immediately.

Barcelona confirmed that Messi suffered a groin strain after the game.

The Catalan side had already lost Sergio Busquets to injury, with the midfielder replaced by Andre Gomes immediately after the restart.

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Messi missed his country’s recent World Cup qualifier against Venezuela — having played with the injury against Uruguay — after injuring his groin against Athletic Bilbao in a league game at the end of August.

Following his return to Spain, he quickly got back into the action against Alaves, coming on as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 defeat earlier this month.

He has since played 90 minutes in comfortable wins over Celtic and Leganes and in the Champions League and La Liga respectively.

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