Lionel Messi doubtful for Real Madrid clash after picking up thigh injury

Lionel Messi doubtful for Real Madrid clash after picking up thigh injury

- Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona's Copa Del Rey clash against Real Madrid on Wednesday

- The 31-year-old picked up a thigh injury after scoring twice in his side's 2-2 draw against Valencia over the weekend

- Messi has now scored 21 goals in 20 Spanish League matches so far this campaign

Lionel Messi may not be fit enough for his side when they welcome Barcelona to Camp Nou for the first leg of their Copa Del Rey Clash on Wednesday, February 9.

The Argentine forward was impressive for the Catalans in their dramatic 2-2 comeback against Valencia over the weekend.

Kevin Gaimero opened scoring for the visitors in the 24th minute and eight minutes later, Daniel Pajero doubled the away team's lead via the spot kick.

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The 31-year-old however reduced Barca's deficit with just six minutes to the end of the first half of the game.

And completed his brace in the 64th minute of the encounter to ensure his side remain at the summit of La Liga table with six points ahead of Atletico Madrid.

It is however unsure if Messi will be available to face Los Blancos in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey semi final encounter in two days time.

Coach Ernesto Valverde also reveals he doesn't know if his team's captain will be available for the crucial clash.

"(Messi) has a small problem. I can't say exactly what problem he has, I don't know,' he told a press conference after the match.

"We will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he's in good shape, he'll play on Wednesday. We will wait. I imagine it's nothing, but we'll wait a few hours. Leo didn't ask me to sub him off.'

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The draw ended a sequence of eight successive league victories and Valverde admits that after a slow start he did not believe his side deserved to be 2-0 down.

"It was a very strange first part. It is true that Valencia started very well, generating a very clear opportunity, but from that moment on it was us who controlled the game, dominating the areas, creating the feeling that we could score," he said.

"When we were better we got the 0-1 in a counter-attack and then a second goal was a very severe punishment'.

Valencia coach Marcelino looked on the positive side despite allowing a two-goal lead to slip.

"You can feel disappointed when you are 2-0 up and then draw but that's not how I feel,' he said.

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"The team had an extraordinary game and played spectacularly well but we were unlucky. We were close to winning but in the space of two minutes we went from almost being 3-1 up to drawing 2-2."

Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona came from two goals down to play 2-2 draw with Valencia in Saturday's Spanish League clash at the Camp Nou.

A goal each from Kevin Gameiro and Dani Parejo handed the visitors the lead before Lionel Messi's brace rescued a point for the hosts.

The stalemate ensured Barca stretch their leadership on the log to six points after 22 round of league games.

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