Messi Is Out for 6 to 8 Weeks With Another Leg Injury

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Sport

BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi probably won’t play soccer again until 2014.

Barcelona said Monday that the four-time world player of the year has another leg injury — his third of the season — and this time needs six to eight weeks to recover. That would rule Messi out until about Christmas, when the Spanish league takes its annual winter break.

The Argentina forward tore his left hamstring Sunday in Barcelona’s 4-1 victory at Real Betis. He struggled with a hamstring problem toward the end of last season, and Barcelona scuffled without him.

This season, the 26-year-old forward hurt his left thigh in August and then was sidelined for three weeks after tearing a small muscle in his right thigh in late September.

It’s reason for concern for both Barcelona and Argentina, whose hopes of winning next summer’s World Cup largely rest on having a healthy Messi.

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