Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona's Copa Del Rey semi-final meeting against Real Madrid on Wednesday after taking a knock to his upper leg against Valencia.
The Argentine suffered the injury in the Catalan giants' 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Saturday, when he collided with Valencia left-back Antonio Lato.
The report adds that Ernesto Valverde's side are 'hopeful' that Messi has avoided damaging his right thigh muscle, but the 31-year-old remains doubtful for the first leg against Madrid in midweek.
11th straight season in which #Messi has scored 20 @LaLigaEN goals.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019
✅ 2008/09 (23)
✅ 2009/10 (34)
✅ 2010/11 (31)
✅ 2011/12 (50)
✅ 2012/13 (46)
✅ 2013/14 (28)
✅ 2014/15 (43)
✅ 2015/16 (26)
✅ 2016/17 (37)
✅ 2017/18 (34)
✅ 2018/19 (20, for now...)
The Argentina international was understood to have turned up at the Ciutat Esportiva still experiencing some pains, with Valverde expected to talk to the Barcelona captain over the appropriate course of action.
The La Liga leaders face a crunch set of fixtures over the next month, including facing arch-rivals Real Madrid in both the league and aforementioned Copa Del Rey, and will hope for a positive injury update on their superstar forward.
15 Years Ago Today:— SPORF (@Sporf) February 4, 2019
✍ Lionel Messi signed his first professional contract with @FCBarcelona.
⚽ 646 Goals
32 Club Trophies
5 Ballon d’Or
Scored 91 Goals in 2012.
1 of the best. pic.twitter.com/M18H5pyr23
In between the two legs of the domestic cup, Barcelona return to Champions League action when they take on French high-flyers Lyon in the last 16, who recorded an impressive 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.