Lionel Messi to miss three weeks with groin tear

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The injury that cost Lionel Messi the final 30 minutes of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday will keep him out of the lineup for at least three weeks.

Barcelona’s upcoming schedule includes Sporting de Gijon on Saturday and Borussia Monchengladbach on Sept. 28.

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The following league game is at Celta Vigo, and Messi could return for Barca’s UEFA Champions League game against Manchester City if the timetable is correct.

Messi missed time at a similar point in the year last season.