Barcelona provide Lionel Messi update after injury in Argentina’s defeat to Venezuela

Lionel Messi picked up a groin injury during Argentina’s defeat (Picture: Getty)

Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s clash with Morocco after picking up a groin injury in the side’s 3-1 defeat to Venezuela.

The Barcelona icon captained Argentina in the international friendly match held at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium and played through the pain to complete 90 minutes of the clash.

Lautaro Martinez finished off a flowing counter-attack to drag Argentina back into the game in the 59th minute after first-half goals from Venezuela forwards Salomon Rondon and Jhon Murillo.

However, Josef Martinez converted from the penalty spot to put Venezuela out of sight with 15 minutes remaining and there was more bad news for Argentina after the final whistle.

It was confirmed that Messi suffered a flare up of a pre-existing groin problem meaning the 31-year-old will miss Argentina’s friendly with Morocco on Tuesday evening.

‘An injury picked up on Friday night means he [Messi] will miss Argentina’s game against Morocco,’ a statement from Barcelona said.

‘While he featured from start to finish [vs Venezuela], a problem with his pubis means that Messi will not play in the second friendly of the international break.’

Messi showed flashes of genius against Venezuela (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona will want to be cautious with Messi’s injury ahead of a crucial run of fixtures for the Catalan giants.

Ernesto Valverde’s side, who are ten points clear at the top of La Liga, face Espanyol and Villarreal before hosting second-placed Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp.

The first leg of Barca’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United takes place at Old Trafford on April 10.

Suarez sprained his ankle in Barca’s victory over Real Betis (Picture: Getty)

Valverde will be desperate to have Messi back to full fitness with Luis Suarez also on the sidelines ahead of the trip to Manchester.

Suarez sprained his ankle in the second half of Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Real Betis but the club are hopeful he will return to full fitness in time to face to the Red Devils.

‘Tests carried out on Monday morning have confirmed that first team player Luis Suarez has a sprained right ankle,’ a statement from Barcelona said on Monday.

‘He will be out for 10-15 days and now undertake his recovery with the FC Barcelona medical team, having been withdrawn from the Uruguayan national team squad.’

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