The latest injury to Lionel Messi will sideline the Barcelona star for the next 6-to-8 weeks.
Messi, the club announced, tore his left hamstring in a 4-1 victory at Real Betis on Sunday. He will miss Argentina’s friendlies against Ecuador and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as eight matches for Barcelona.
“He needs to take as much time as he needs, to recover and get back to his level. We need him at his best,” Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas told Spanish television (via the BBC). “I had something similar at Arsenal. You think you’re okay, but you’re not. I had this injury and I wasn’t right for up to a year and a half — it’s a really frustrating injury.”
Messi, 26, was sidelined earlier this fall with a thigh injury and last season with a hamstring pull.
“You need to take whatever time you need because if you don’t it won’t heal properly.”
He’d been out several weeks in October because of thigh injury and was sidelined at the end of last season because of a hamstring pull.
“According to the club’s medical services, the tests taken on Monday morning by Leo Messi have confirmed that the player has suffered a torn muscle in the femoral biceps of his left leg,” the club’s statement said. “The approximate time he will be out is between six and eight weeks. The first part of his recovery will take place in Barcelona and the second, in Buenos Aires.”