Messi Not Certain Of Return Date After Injury

Messi Not Certain Of Return Date After Injury

The Argentina international was brought on as a substitute in the second half but was forced to withdraw with a knee problem five minutes from time after clashing with opposition goalkeeper Artur.

Messi Not Certain Of Return Date After Injury

Barca boss Tito Vilanova indicated that the knock suffered by the forward was not as bad as first feared after initial medical tests, but Messi suggested that he may be unavailable for the league clash with Betis on Sunday.

“I feel good, but I don’t know if I can play next Sunday,” the Ballon d’Or nominee said at a press conference at Camp Nou. “We will see.”

The Argentine admitted that he had immediately feared that the injury was serious but was soon reassured by the Blaugrana doctors.

“The truth is that I didn’t really think about anything, because I was in so much pain, but I feared the worst. I thought that I might have to leave the ground,” Messi said. “I feared the worst when the doctors looked at it and examined me but, once they said it wasn’t serious, I felt a lot more relaxed.”

The Barca No. 10 was asked how he felt being played in a game with nothing riding on it, but he claimed to be happy to be on the field, regardless of the game’s importance.

“When you go out onto any pitch there is always the risk something can happen to you,” Messi said. “(Pep) Guardiola used to play me in these games, and as long as I can play and Tito allows me to play in these games, I will continue to do so.”

Messi remains just one goal behind former German standout Gerd Muller’s record number of goals scored in a calendar year but dismissed his interest in the milestone.

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