Messi has bruised thigh

Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi is a doubt for the weekend trip to Malaga, having suffered a bruised thigh.

The 26-year-old was substituted at half-time of Wednesday evening’s Supercopa de Espana first leg at Atletico Madrid, complaining of discomfort in his left thigh.

On from tests carried out on Thursday, the Catalan club have confirmed that Messi has suffered an intramuscular haematoma – an internal bruise – to the muscle.

They report in an official statement that the evolution of the injury’s recovery will determine the player’s availability for selection in Week 2.

Barca travel out on Sunday night to La Rosaleda to play Malaga.

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