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Barcelona forward Messi has kidney stones

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's Fifa Club World Cup semi-final against Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday due to renal colic.

The Catalan giants, who triumphed in the competition in 2009 and 2011, launch their bid for a third title against the Chinese side at the International Stadium Yokohama, but will have to do so without the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Lionel Messi will miss at least one game. Credit: PA

"Leo Messi, last-minute absentee from the Club World Cup semi-final. The player has renal colic," the club posted on Twitter.

A statement on the website continued: "Leo Messi will not be playing after waking up on Thursday morning with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly caused by kidney stones. His future availability will depend on the outcome of further medical tests."

Brazil striker Neymar is carrying a groin injury but has travelled to Japan as Barca look to add to the Champions League, Primera Division and Copa del Rey crowns they have already collected this year.


Arsenal reaction to drawing Barcelona: We've got our own world-class players

Arsenal secretary David Miles admits drawing Barcelona in the Champions League is the last thing fans would have wanted.

The Gunners have beaten the defending champions just once in seven meetings and even that was not enough to prevent an aggregate defeat in the knockout stages in 2011, their most recent encounter.

Ozil and co. will have to be on form to beat Barcelona. Credit: PA

"On the back of the great win in Athens we were hoping for a good draw today and I think it's the tie of the round," Miles told BT Sport.

"It's not going to be easy and it's the team that most Arsenal fans would have wanted to avoid at this stage but it's up to us to make a good fist of it.

"We've got our own world-class players and certainly we'll go in for this.

"It should be two fantastic games and we're very much looking forward to it."

Real Madrid thrashed at home by Barcelona

Barcelona embarrassed their great rivals. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid suffered El Clasico humiliation after crumbling to a 4-0 thrashing at home against Barcelona.

Neymar and Andres Iniesta scored goals sandwiched in between a Luis Suarez double that moved the Catalans six points clear of their great rivals.

Following the result, Madrid manager Rafael Benitez's odds of being dismissed during the current campaign dropped to just 10/11, as the home fans waved white handkerchiefs at disgust with what they were witnessing.

Barcelona, for whom Lionel Messi returned from injury as a second half substitute, have now won their last five league matches on the spin and remain strong favourites to win La Liga this season.

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