Messi doubtful for W Cup matches

August 30, 2016
Argentina's Lionel Messi

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Barcelona said that Lionel Messi has hurt his left hamstring and may not play in Argentina's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Messi will travel to join the Argentina squad, but his "presence in his country's World Cup qualifying matches will depend on how the injury develops," Barcelona said.

The club statement said the medical report confirming the injury was jointly approved by its medical staff and the Argentine football federation.

Argentina host Uruguay on September 1, and play in Venezuela on September 6.

Barcelona reported the injury a day after Messi played throughout their 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league.

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