Messi to miss Copa Del Rey game due to injury.


Messi to miss Copa Del Rey game due to injury.

Lionel Messi is set to go under the knife today in a bid to be ready for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.

The Talisman had to treated on the touchline in the game against Valencia when he pulled up with an apparent thigh injury.

After the game, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde confirmed that Messi had a “small problem” and would face tests to see if he is available to feature against fierce rivals Madrid in midweek.

“We will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he’s in good shape, he’ll play on Wednesday [against Madrid],” he said.

The 31-year-old was still struggling with the injury on Monday, however, and did not take part in normal training with his Barca team-mates.

The Catalan side will assess their top scorer again on Tuesday to see if he is in good enough shape to feature against Santiago Solari’s side.