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Lionel Messi wishes players injured in bus mishap

Buenos Aires: Argentine football star Lionel Messi has expressed his support for the players from local team Club Atletico Huracan, injured when their bus overturned on way to the airport in Caracas, Venezuela.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

"(I send my) strength and support to Club Atletico Huracan, their players and coaching staff, especially Pato Toranzo, Diego Mendoza and Pablo Santaella. I wish them all a speedy recovery. I send a big hug to everyone," Messi wrote on his official Facebook account on Thursday, reports Xinhua.

The accident happened on Wednesday. The bus was headed to Caracas's international airport where the team were scheduled to take the return flight to Buenos Aires, when its brakes stopped working and the vehicle overturned in a mountainous area.

Patrico Toranzo (33), former player for China's Shanghai Shenhua, was the worst affected by the accident. Four of the toes on his left foot had to be partially amputated.

However, club president Alejandro Nadur said later that the injury was not as serious as previously feared.

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