Messi out of league play with ankle injury

Barcelona have been dealt a blow with the news that star forward Lionel Messi is out of Saturday's derby against Espanyol.

updated: December 11, 2009 19:08 IST
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Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's Spanish league match against Espanyol on Saturday after the Golden Ball winner sustained an ankle injury that could jeopardize his playing at the upcoming Club World Cup.

Messi scored the winner in a 2-1 victory against Dynamo Kiev in the 86th minute on Wednesday before being helped off the field with a right ankle injury picked up in the closing moments from an opponent's challenge.

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