The Barcelona star will miss the Champions League group game but could return for Oct 15 match if his recovery goes according to plan
Argentine all-time scorer Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks after suffering a groin injury in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid, according to media reports.
"Leo Messi has torn the groin muscle in his right leg. He will be out of action for approximately three weeks," Barcelona officials said in a statement.
The Barcelona star will not be able to make to the Champions League group game with Borussia Moenchengladbach. He will also miss the league fixtures at Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo.
Amid concerns that a previous groin problem had resurfaced, Barcelona revealed it's the groin in his right leg this time, not his left leg that will put him out of action, ESPN reported.
Messi might return for Barca's match against Deportivo La Coruna on October 15 if his recovery goes according to plan.
A knee injury in Barca's Las Ligas match against Las Palmas last year had forced Messi to miss eight weeks of the last season. The team, however, had managed to win eight of the ten games, international news agency Reuters observes.
But Barca coach Luis Enrique is worried that the team's performance could be badly affected without its ace player this time.
"Without Messi we are much less strong but we can still be strong, we hope he improves and we're going to continue as we need to continue, playing with confidence,” he has been quoted as saying.
(WION with inputs from Reuters)