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What will Leo Messi miss during his Barcelona injury spell?

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No Clasicos stand to be missed if Leo Messi can recover within the expected time frame, but Barcelona will be without the inimitable attacker for two Champions League match days, if the current timetable of 6-8 weeks recovery is accurate.

While missing nearly two months of any campaign is hardly ideal, Messi’s latest injury in a season increasingly troubled by them is not actually at a fiercely terrible time.

Here is what the sensational Argentine attacker stands to miss while he recovers from an injury diagnosed Monday as a femoral biceps tear of the left leg (Barca’s full schedule is here):

  • At least four league matches: Granada, at Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and at Getafe. All of those clubs are top half in the current La Liga table. So, here is your time to step up, Neymar.
  • Both legs of a Copa del Rey round-of-16 series against Cartagena.
  • The final two Champions League group stage match days. Barca is in great shape after four match days, sitting on 10 points, double second-place Milan.  One point will do over the remaining pair of contests to qualify for next year’s elimination stage, and Barca looks almost certain to go through in the top spot.

The club has a two-week break after La Liga Round 17 (Dec. 22, as Barcelona plays at Getafe). Messi seems certain sit out until January; especially as his club has those two weeks off.

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Barca does have a Real Madrid clash set for Jan. 12, so that’s the next big spot on the club’s first-team calendar.

Past that, however, Champions League knockout phase begins Feb. 18, so there’s plenty of time for Messi to get fit and sharp for the club’s latest European bid.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.