Football: Barcelona confirm injured Lionel Messi will miss La Liga clash with Malaga
MADRID (AFP) - World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's trip to Malaga on Sunday due to a thigh injury, the Spanish football giants have confirmed.
The Argentine was taken off at half-time in Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday and won't travel with his team-mates to Andalusia.
"His progress is satisfactory, but he has been left out as a precaution," said a statement released by the club on Saturday.
However, manager Gerardo Martino refused to confirm that Messi's absence would mean a first start in a Barca shirt for Neymar.