Barcelona, Sep 6: La Liga giants and reigning champions FC Barcelona have officially confirmed that Lionel Messi has a hamstring injury which may rule him out of action against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League group stage game.
Messi aggravated the injury while he was on international duty with Argentina. He had an injury scare before the game against Uruguay.
The Barcelona star played in that match and also scored the all important goal which saw Argentina seal 1-0 win.
But now as it looks like, he should not have been risked in that game. The club now have officially confirmed on their website.
The statement read: "Tests conducted today on Leo Messi have confirmed that the player is still having trouble with the adductor muscle in his left hamstring.
"He has been recommended to lighten his training load over the next few days and his availability will depend on how the issue progresses."
Argentina take on Venezuela on Wednesday night in a FIFA World Cup qualifier match. Lionel Messi has already been ruled out of that game.
Lionel Messi has scored 4 goals out of 5 competitive matches this season for FC Barcelona and Argentina.
Speaking to reporters, Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza said: "Leo is in pain, unfortunately he will not be able to play the next game.
"He has an inflammation and we cannot take risks. We were talking with him, with the doctor, and it is advisable to rest."