Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi will be sidelined for up to three weeks after pulling a right thigh muscle in the 2 – 0 win over Almeria on Saturday. The injury to the world player of the year will rule him out of Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Celtic.
Messi, 26, scored as Barca recorded a club-record seventh straight La Liga win at the start of the season.
The Argentine scored his eighth league goal of the campaign when he netted the opener in the 21st minute.
Brazil defender Adriano doubled the La Liga champions’ lead after the break, tapping Cesc Fabregas’s low cross into the net from close range.
Gerardo Martino, who was appointed Barca coach in the summer,beats a record set by five other managers – Pep Guardiola (2009-10) and Tito Vilanova (2012-13) were among the handful to have started a season with six straight wins.
After the game, the coach said of Messi’s injury: “I hope it’s nothing and he can be with us for the upcoming games because he’s an important player. The team is completely different with him.”
It is the Argentine’s second injury of the season after he missed an earlier game after bruising his left thigh.
He also missed several games at the end of last season with a right hamstring pull.
In addition to the Celtic match, he will also miss two Spanish league games against Valladolid and Osasuna.