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    Lionel Messi out for six to eight weeks with another leg injury

    Barcelona: Barcelona say Lionel Messi will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of his third leg injury of the season.

    The Argentine forward hurt his left leg in Barcelona's 4-1 victory at Real Betis on Sunday and medical exams on Monday showed he needs a recovery period of up to two months.

    Messi has been plagued by nagging muscle problems since the end of last season.

    The 26-year-old star missed several weeks last month because of a right thigh problem after first hurting his left thigh in August. He was sidelined at the end of last season with a hamstring pull.

    Also, Barcelona says midfielder Cesc Fabregas will need one week to recover from a right knee injury, forcing him to miss Spain's friendlies against Guinea and South Africa.

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