Messi out again with in­jury

The Morning Call - - VARSITY -

Barcelona an­nounced that Lionel Messi will be side­lined due to a mus­cle in­jury picked up in a La Liga match against Vil­lar­real on Tues­day.

The two-time de­fend­ing league champ said Messi, who ear­lier in the week won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, has a left ab­duc­tor in­jury. The club didn’t give a time­line for his re­cov­ery.

Messi re­port­edly will miss Satur­day’s league match at Getafe on Satur­day and is doubt­ful for the Cham­pi­ons League match against In­ter Mi­lan on Wed­nes­day.

Messi made his first start of the sea­son against Vil­lar­real fol­low­ing a long lay­off due to a right calf in­jury.

He played his first min­utes of the sea­son when he came off the bench in the sec­ond half of a 0-0 draw against Borus­sia Dort­mund in the Cham­pi­ons League last week. He also came off the bench in the sec­ond half of the 2-0 road loss against La Liga foe Granada on Sun­day.

Messi set up An­toine Griez­mann’s open­ing goal early in the match against Vil­lar­real, then got hurt near the half-hour mark at Camp Nou Sta­dium. The play­maker left the field, and doc­tors at­tended to his leg for few min­utes be­fore he even­tu­ally re­turned and fin­ished the half. He was re­placed at half­time.

Paris Saint-Ger­main slumped to its sec­ond Ligue 1 loss of the sea­son, falling 2-0 to vis­it­ing Reims. The two-time de­fend­ing champ re­mained atop the ta­ble af­ter seven matches but was joined on 15 points by Angers.

Col­lege bas­ket­ball: Dennis Smith Jr. told NC State of­fi­cials that nei­ther he nor his fam­ily were paid by Adi­das or any­one else to en­sure that he played for the Wolf­pack for one sea­son. Smith, the ACC fresh­man of the year in 2016-17 and the No. 9 pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Knicks, said he didn’t know for­mer Adi­das con­sul­tant T.J. Gass­nola, whom the NCAA ac­cused of pro­vid­ing $40,000 from Adi­das to for­mer Wolf­pack as­sis­tant Or­lando Early to give to Smith’s fam­ily in Oc­to­ber 2015.

NBA: New Nets PG Kyrie Irv­ing is day to day af­ter suf­fer­ing a left side fa­cial frac­ture. Irv­ing, who signed with the team in July, was el­bowed dur­ing a pickup game.

NHL: Seat­tle’s ex­pan­sion fran­chise hired for­mer U.S. Olympic team cap­tain and Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato as a pro scout. Granato, 48, is one of a hand­ful of women work­ing on the hockey op­er­a­tions side of an NHL fran­chise, and she’s the only fe­male pro scout cur­rently in the league. The new team will be­gin play in the 2021-22 sea­son. ... Blue Jack­ets veteran cen­ter Bran­don Du­bin­sky, 33, likely will miss the start of the sea­son with a wrist in­jury . ... The Flames and re­stricted free agent left wing Matthew Tkachuk, 21, agreed to a three-year con­tract worth a team-high av­er­age of $7 mil­lion per year.

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