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Lionel Messi to miss three weeks with groin tear

FC Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 21: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona reacts injured on the pitch during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on September 21, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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The injury that cost Lionel Messi the final 30 minutes of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday will keep him out of the lineup for at least three weeks.

Barcelona’s upcoming schedule includes Sporting de Gijon on Saturday and Borussia Monchengladbach on Sept. 28.

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The following league game is at Celta Vigo, and Messi could return for Barca’s UEFA Champions League game against Manchester City if the timetable is correct.

Messi missed time at a similar point in the year last season.

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