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Football: Messi may not start Barca's showdown with Atletico

Published on Jan 11, 2014 6:24 AM
 
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates his goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) football match Barcelona vs Getafe at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Jan 8, 2014. Leaders Barcelona have yet to decide if Lionel Messi will play from the start in Saturday's top of the table La Liga clash at Atletico Madrid. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Leaders Barcelona have yet to decide if Lionel Messi will play from the start in Saturday's top of the table La Liga clash at Atletico Madrid.

The brilliant Argentine forward made an instant impact when he came on for the last 30 minutes of the midweek King's Cup tie against Getafe after being out for almost two months with a hamstring injury.

Messi grabbed two goals in the 4-0 win but coach Gerardo Martino is not sure if second-placed Atletico will represent too tough a 90-minute test.

"He looks fine and had a phenomenal 30 minutes in the Cup but he returned after a long time out and the question is whether he is now ready to play a full game at this level," Martino told reporters on Friday.

 
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