Messi 'feeling fine' after injury scare

Published: Dec 07, 2012, 08:41 IST | AFP

Barcelona star Lionel Messi reassured fans he was feeling good after taking part in light training yesterday despite being stretchered off with a knee injury during the 0-0 draw at home to Benfica in the Champions League.

The 25-year-old worked in the gym as his teammates trained outside and later said he still had a chance of playing in the La Liga clash against Real Betis on Sunday.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi grimaces as he injures himself during the match against Benfica on Wednesday. PIC/Getty Images

“I feel fine, but I don’t know yet if I will be available for Sunday," Messi said at a promotional event at the Nou Camp. “I’ll see. I am grateful for all the messages of support I have received.”

Messi came on in the 58th minute of Wednesday’s tie only to collide with Benfica goalkeeper Artur Moraes six minutes from time in a match that was meaningless to Barcelona but where he was chasing his 85th goal of the calendar year which would have equalled Gerd Mueller’s long-standing record. 

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