Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks because of a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old Argentina international limped off in Sunday's win over Real Betis and has a muscle tear in his left hamstring.

A Barcelona statement read: "The club's medical services confirmed that Leo Messi has a torn hamstring muscle in his left thigh and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.

"The first phase of Messi's recovery will be covered in Barcelona and he will then travel to Buenos Aires."

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