Injured Messi off Barca's squad for Malaga visit - NBC Sports

Injured Messi off Barca's squad for Malaga visit
August 24, 2013, 9:30 am

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's Spanish league game at Malaga on Sunday while he recovers from a leg injury.

Barcelona says that even though Messi's "progress is satisfactory," coach Gerard Martino left the Argentina forward out of his squad as a "precaution."

With Messi unavailable, Martino could give new signing Neymar his first start for Barcelona.

Messi bruised a muscle in his left thigh during the first half of Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. The return leg is set for this Wednesday at Camp Nou.

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