However, the good news is that Messi’s injury will not end up with him missing any big games as Barcelona will face just three games, with trips to Sporting Gijon, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celta Vigo coming up before October’s global break all of them away from home.
But prior to that, Barca will visit Sporting Gijon, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celta Vigo before the October’s global break.
The 29-year-old Argentine limped off in the 59th minute after suffering a ruptured adductor in his groin, and was replaced by Arda Turan.
Barcelona must now manage Messi’s injury orderly as it could linger for months.
Barca head coach, Luis Enrique said in his post-match conference: ‘I’m not a medic, I can’t give information. He plays every match.
Confirming the news, the club wrote on their official Twitter account, “Leo Messi has groin strain in his right leg and he will be out for around 3 weeks”. We had few scoring chances because our opponents didn’t allow us to get them. “To us, that seems unusual because three weeks is not enough time to fix a torn abductor”, Bauza told ESPN Radio.
The hosts had to wait until four minutes before the break to seriously threaten again when they took the lead.
“We haven’t yet been able to speak with him, but we want to know how serious the injury is”, he further added.
Argentina, which are placed third in the South American World Cup qualifying group, are scheduled to play Peru in Lima on October 6 before hosting Paraguay on October 11 in Cordoba.
Victory against Atletico would have taken Barcelona to within a point of their rivals at the summit, with the momentum swinging very much in their favour. “Our team doctors are waiting on the MRI to know the official grade of the injury”, he said.
“What I can tell you is that in the last game I was not too happy about the first half from the whole team, not just one or two players “But the team came together as a whole”.