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Barca reveals extent of Messi injury

Lionel Messi was substituted at half time in Barcelona's quarterfinal tie against PSG.
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Lionel Messi may be fit for Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final decider with PSG as his hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared.

Messi was removed at half-time during the 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes with a hamstring problem but in a statement this lunchtime Barcelona confirmed the 25-year-old could still play a part in the return leg at the Nou Camp next Wednesday.

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Reports in Spain speculate Messi's injury will sideline him for seven to 10 days.

"The club's medical services have revealed that Leo Messi's hamstring injury will definitely rule him out of this weekend's game against Mallorca, whilst his availability after that will depend on how the injury progresses," read a statement on Barcelona's website.

"The Barca number 10 felt a twinge in his right hamstring towards the end of the first half last night and failed to reappear after the break, with Cesc Fabregas taking his place."

Messi also confirmed the injury was less serious than first thought in a statement posted on his official Facebook page today.

"I will return soon," he said. "Thankfully it was not so serious."

Messi's absence from the Real Mallorca game this weekend brings a premature end to his incredible scoring streak in the Primera Division.

At the weekend, Messi became the first player to score against every other side in the Spanish top flight in successive matches after netting for the 19th consecutive league game.

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