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Lionel Messi Should Be Monitored Closely After Latest Injury

Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Lionel Messi was the biggest storyline for Barcelona this weekend albeit not for his performance in the match against Real Betis.

The Argentina international had to leave the game after the 20th minute with a severe injury. Even though Los Blaugranas were fine without him as they cruised to a 4-1 victory, all the looks will be on Messi as he’ll be sidelined for the second time this season.

Barcelona’s medical staff needs to find a solution for Messi’s recent injury problems.

The four-time Ballon D’Or winner isn’t a player used to spending time sidelined due to injuries, but this will be the second time he’ll be out due to muscular problems. If 2013 is viewed as a calendar year, then it’s the third injury for Lionel Messi as he already suffered a big problem against PSG in the UEFA Champions League last season.

There could be several reasons for the recent injury streak of La Pulga. It could be for his offseason duties where he played several exhibition matches or it may be due to a loaded calendar where he hasn’t been able to stop due to the games between La Liga, European competitions and the National Team.

Whatever reason it might be, this needs to stop if Barcelona want to be successful this season. There’s little secret that Barcelona should do just fine without Messi early in the season, but he will be a key member of the squad down the stretch. If Los Culés are looking to contend in every tournament they’re playing they need Lionel Messi to be at full strength.

After all, it’s always a plus to have the best player in the world on your side.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google