Hamstring concern for Messi

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino revealed he withdrew Lionel Messi at half-time of the first leg of their Spanish Super Cup final at Atletico Madrid because the Argentinian suffered a slight hamstring injury.

Messi failed to contribute much during his time on the pitch in the game, and was replaced by Cesc Fabregas immediately after the re-start, at which point Atletico led 1-0 thanks to a stunning volley by former Barcelona player David Villa.

Messi picked up a knock and when a player has an injury or a knock which impedes them from playing it does not make much sense for them to stay on the pitch.

– Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino.

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