Lionel Messi suffers pelvic injury, set to miss UCL against Man United

Lionel Messi suffers pelvic injury, set to miss UCL against Man United

- Lionel Messi featured for Argentina in their 3-1 loss to Venezuela but suffered an injury scare

- The Barcelona attacker will miss Monday game against Morocco for assessment on the injury

- Messi could be out for Barcelona's crunch Champions League match against Manchester United

Lionel Messi suffered an injury scare during Argentina's 3-1 loss to Venezuela in an international friendly played in Madrid.

The Barcelona talisman represented his country for the first time since last summer's World Cup and played full 90 minutes but had an aggravated pelvic problem.

However their Venezuelan opponent spoiled Messi's return to the national team with a stunning win, just their second in history.

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But the outcome of the match has now handed Messi an injury scare as the 31-year-old is set to miss Monday's friendly against Morocco.

It comes two and half weeks before Barca's Champions League clash with Man United at Old Trafford on April 10.

The Catalan side will also face second-placed side Atletico Madrid in La Liga before heading to England.

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Barca have published a statement on their website confirming Messi's involvement in the international break is over.

It read: "Lionel Messi did not have the return to international action that he would have wanted, and an injury picked up on Friday night means he will miss Argentina's game against Morocco on Tuesday.

"Whilst he would feature from start to finish, a problem with his pubis means that Messi will not play in the second friendly of the international break."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Barcelona star Luis Suarez is now expected to be fit for his side's Champions League quarterfinal encounter against Premier League giants Manchester United.

The Uruguay international sprained his ankle during Barcelona's 4-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday, March 17, a game that saw Lionel Messi score hat-trick.

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