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Messi set to recover from knock ahead of quarterfinals

AP/Barcelona
Filed on August 9, 2020
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg match against Napoli. - AP

Messi took a hard knock to his lower left leg in the first half of the team's 3-1 win on Saturday.

Barcelona are unconcerned with the injury that Lionel Messi sustained in the Champions League match against Napoli.

Messi took a hard knock to his lower left leg in the first half of the team's 3-1 win on Saturday. He was hit by Kalidou Koulibaly after slipping in front of the defender inside the area, earning a penalty kick for the Catalan club. Messi, who was attended to by doctors finished the match at the Camp Nou Stadium.

Though he was still being treated for the injury on Sunday, no major damage has been reported by the club.

Barcelona coach Quique Setien said after the match that he didn't think the injury would be a problem for Messi.

Barcelona have a rest day on Monday before travelling to Portugal on Thursday.

Seeking its first Champions League title since 2015, Barcelona will face Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Messi, the club's leading scorer this season, netted Barcelona's second goal on Saturday.


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