Monday, 18th November, 2013

Lionel Messi is "sad and angry" at his latest injury, but the forward has played down fears his preparation for Argentina's World Cup campaign will be majorly affected.

Messi has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a hamstring tear in his left leg, which is the playmaker's third injury of 2013.


Specialists from both Barcelona and Argentina have been involved with his recovery, something that gave rise to fears he may not be fully fit for Brazil 2014.

However, the talismanic forward is confident he does not need a major overhaul for the World Cup, telling Ole: "Do not go looking for anything strange.


"There is nothing new just because I am injured. I will continue with the same plan that had been set at the start of the season.

"I'm sad because I did not expect [this injury]. And I also angry because it is an injury that happens to me right after another.

"But I'm not worried, really. This injury happened because it had to happen. There is nothing unusual or anything to look back on."

Messi has made 16 appearances for Barcelona this season, and the injuries mean there is a section that feels he is being overworked, especially in a World Cup year.

However, the 26-year-old added: "As long as I feel good, I'll play whenever I am needed. No need to look for things where there are none. All that is said beyond that are inventions."

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