Lionel Messi is as good as out of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash against Valencia, reports from Spain suggest.
Messi on Monday went through series of test “to assess the evolution of the kidney problems” that troubled him towards the end of last year and his club, Barcelona confirmed that the examinations will spill to Tuesday.
In a short statement on Barca’s official website, the club insisted that their talisman will return to training before the weekend’s clash with Celta Vigo.
According to Spanish publication Sport, Messi may even undergo a minor procedure to remove kidney stones.
The report adds that the operation does not require the attacker to spend a prolonged period in hospital.