Lionel Messi sidelined six-to-eight weeks with torn hamstring

International superstar Lionel Messi will miss at least six weeks after suffering a muscle tear.
International superstar Lionel Messi will miss at least six weeks after suffering a muscle tear. (Getty Images)

Barcelona's Lionel Messi will mix between six and eight weeks after tests reveal a torn hamstring muscle in his left leg, the team announced Monday. Messi suffered the injury in Sunday's match against Real Betis.

The four-time reigning world player of the year, Messi has been bitten somewhat by the injury bug in the second half of 2013. He missed a week earlier this year with a bruised thigh, then three weeks with a small muscle tear in his leg.

If Messi is sidelined until the end of the calender year, he'll miss two friendlies as a member of Argentina's national team and four Barcelona matches.

In 16 games with Barcelona this year Messi has 14 goals.

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