Barcelona's Messi out two games with ankle injury

BY foxsports • September 20, 2010

Lionel Messi will miss at least two games after damaging ligaments in his right ankle during Barcelona's 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona said medical exams performed Monday on the Argentina international's ankle ruled out any fracture, as expected.

Messi will miss Spanish league matches against Sporting Gijon on Wednesday and Athletic Bilbao three days later. Barcelona plays Rubin Kazan in the Champions League on Sept. 29.

The 23-year-old world player of the year has scored seven goals in six games this season. He was injured after a challenge from Atletico defender Tomas Ujfalusi during added time in Sunday's game.

Messi, who scored 47 goals last season, has been relatively injury-free for the past two seasons.

Messi's last significant layoff came during the 2007-08 season when he had multiple leg muscle injuries, while a broken foot in 2006 sidelined him for three months. He missed Barcelona's Champions League final win over Arsenal in 2006 due to a leg injury.

Ujfalusi, who will miss Atletico's match against Valencia on Wednesday after being shown a straight red card, apologized for the clash.

"I wanted to publicly apologize because, sincerely, it was never my intention," the Czech Republic defender said Monday. "With the speed we were both going I couldn't stop. I just sent him a message now through the phone of (Sergio Aguero) to apologize."

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