Cesc Fabregas says it's time for Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to step away from the game so to fully recover from his hamstring injury.

Messi has been ruled out for the rest of the year with the setback.

Cesc said: "Messi has to stop and take care of himself. I also had a very bad injury for a year and a half at Arsenal. In the end, you get into a frustrating circle, and I hope he does not experience the same.

"To recover, he must take all the time he needs until he is well."

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