European round-up: Messi injury worry after Barcelona are held

European round-up: Messi injury worry after Barcelona are held

European round-up: Messi injury worry after Barcelona are held

Nothing can silence the Camp Nou crowd like the thought of an injury to Lionel Messi - especially four days before a clash against Real Madrid.

Messi had to be treated on the sidelines shortly after scoring his second goal but was able to come back on and finish the game. "We hope he can recover, just like the others".

Messi may have been hurt when Valencia defender Antonio Lato ran into him.

Both teams had enjoyed remarkable comebacks during the week to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals, with Barca thrashing Sevilla 6-1 to win 8-3 on aggregate and Valencia seeing off Getafe 3-1 for a 3-2 aggregate win with two goals in stoppage time.

"Please don't let it be anything serious", Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena said.

"We'll wait to see what the doctors say, then evaluate things based on that". I can't say exactly what problem he has, I don't know, ' he told a press conference after the match.

Messi completed 90 minutes but he, and therefore Barcelona, were much more subdued from the point of his return.

Lionel Messi duly slotted away the spot-kick for his 20th league goal of the season. His double took his league-leading tally to 21 goals in 22 rounds.

It leads second-placed Atletico Madrid by six points before its closest title rival visits Real Betis on Sunday.

Captain Dani Parejo's shot was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, before Kevin Gameiro struck the loose ball against a post. That sprung a counterattack led by Rodrigo Moreno, who slipped a pass forward to set up Gameiro.

With centre-back Gerard Pique off the pitch having a head injury treated, Sergi Roberto sent Daniel Wass tumbling as they challenged for Cheryshev's cross and Parejo converted from the spot.

Once again it was Messi to whom Barca looked for inspiration and he did not disappoint.

Although Messi returned to the pitch minutes later, he looked to be in some discomfort, but Valverde is not fearing the worst, suggesting that the player could still be available for Wednesday's crucial first-leg semi-final tie against rivals Los Blancos. "The team's performance was magnificent".

Neto made a terrific save to keep out a curling Messi effort early in the second period, before Luis Suarez had a goal-bound shot blocked in the 49th minute during a period of intense pressure from the home side.

Real Sociedad won the Basque derby 2-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao to move to eighth in the table.

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