Messi, Chelsea Absorb Some Bad News

Messi, Chelsea Absorb Some Bad News

ionel Messi picked up an injury while Chelsea made horrible history as the Champions League group stages concluded Wednesday night ...

1. Messi injury spoils Barcelona's night. What started as an irrelevant match for the Catalans took on an alarming importance as Lionel Messi was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a left knee injury near the end of a goalless draw with Benfica at Camp Nou.

With qualification at the head of Group G already assured, Barcelona rested numerous first-teamers for the match, which the visitors dominated in the first half. But Messi came off the bench in the 58th minute. He twisted his knee trying to beat Benfica goalkeeper Artur in the 85th minute and looked in considerable pain.

The extent of the injury was unclear in the immediate aftermath of the final whistle. "Messi has a bruise on the outside of his left knee,'' Barcelona tweeted. "He'll undergo further tests to determine the exact extent of the injury."

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