Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward injured on his first start of season in Villarreal win

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Lionel Messi suffered an accident on his first start of the year in Barcelona’s narrow win over Villarreal.
Messi, who’d recovered from a calf injury to feature, was substituted at the onset of the second half.
The Argentine, which makes his 400th La Liga begin, given the corner Antoine Griezmann to head house off the pub before Arthur made it 2-0.
Santi Cazorla pulled back a goal.
Following the game, Barca manager Ernesto Valverde explained Messi’s injury as a“little problem from the adductor“.
„When something occurs to Messi, everyone stops, not only on the field, but at the stands as well,“ he said.
„As a precaution we have decided not to risk it. In theory, it’s nothing more but we’ll see tomorrow how it’s.“
Although far from their fluent best, Barcelona climbed four places up on the table to fourth to help alleviate the pressure on Valverde to the season following a poor start.
After his injury, therapy was received by the Barca captain on the border of the pitch prior to carrying on till half-time.
French striker Ousmane Dembele forwards replaced the in the start of the second half.
Elsewhere, newly promoted Granada went high in La Liga – level on points with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid – after drawing 1-1 at Actual Valladolid.
Real Madrid entertain Osasuna on Wednesday (20:00 BST) while Bilbao are in bottom bar Leganes (18:00 BST).
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