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Lionel Messi Injury Not a Problem, Set to Recover from Knock Ahead of Champions League Quarters

Lionel Messi (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Lionel Messi (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Lionel Messi took a knock from Kalidou Koulibaly during Champions League last 16 but will be able to recover before the quarter-finals.

Barcelona is unconcerned with the injury that Lionel Messi sustained in the Champions League match against Napoli.

Messi took a hard knock to his lower left leg in the first half of the teams 3-1 win on Saturday. He was hit by Kalidou Koulibaly after slipping in front of the defender inside the area, earning a penalty kick for the Catalan club.

Messi was attended to by doctors for a few minutes but was able to finish the match at the Camp Nou Stadium.

He was still being treated for the injury on Sunday, but no major leg damage was reported by the club.

Barcelona coach Quique Setin said after the match that he didn’t think the injury would be a problem for Messi.

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Barcelona will have a rest day on Monday. It is scheduled to travel to Portugal on Thursday.

Seeking its first Champions League title since 2015, Barcelona will face Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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Messi, the clubs leading scorer this season, netted Barcelona's second goal on Saturday.

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