Messi doubtful for league play

Updated: 10 December 2009 17:22 IST

Lionel Messi is doubtful for Barcelona's Spanish league match against Espanyol on Saturday after the Golden Ball winner sustained an ankle injury.

Barcelona, Spain:

Lionel Messi is doubtful for Barcelona's Spanish league match against Espanyol on Saturday after the Golden Ball winner sustained an ankle injury in his side's 2-1 Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev.

Messi scored the winner against Dynamo in the 86th minute on Wednesday before being helped off the field with a right ankle injury picked up in the closing moments from an opponent's challenge.

Barcelona says that the Argentina forward could miss the crosstown derby match, the club's final domestic game before it travels to the Club World Cup. The Spanish and European champions hold a five-point advantage over Real Madrid in the domestic standings.

Messi has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season.

Topics : Football Lionel Andres Messi
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