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Barcelona Right To Sideline Lionel Messi Until Next Year

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The worst forecast came true for Barcelona fans all over the world. Lionel Messi was injured yesterday in the match against Real Betis and despite the fact that Los Blaugranas won the match comfortably 4-1, all the attention was on the Argentine star. Today it has been confirmed that the forward will miss the rest of the year.

Messi suffered a muscular problem and even though it’s a different injury than the one suffered against both Almeria and PSG this year, it seems to be more serious and the recovery time will be between six and eight weeks. Barcelona are definitively making the right call sidelining their star player until he’s completely healed.

Los Blaugranas have had little trouble to sit at the top of the league, as players like Neymar, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez have stepped it up when Messi isn’t playing. The Camp Nou outfit are leading the league with ease and are also first in the UEFA Champions League group stage, so they shouldn’t have any trouble coping with Messi’s absence through the rest of the year.

Gerardo Martino needs his best player healthy down the stretch, so it makes no sense to rush him back until he’s completely recovered from the injury. Reports are indicating that Messi could return to action sometime in January next year, a perfect time to get some playing time before the important stage of the season begins.

Barcelona need to take care of his star player if they are looking to make a serious championship run this year, and they are doing the right thing by letting him to recover. They can’t afford Messi being sidelined when the season is in crunch time.

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