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A halo of mystery usually accompanies the figure of Leo Messi every time a physical setback occurs.

Obscurantism is the norm.

In the last league game last Sunday against Granada, the Argentine asked Ronald Koeman for a change after noticing muscle discomfort in the back of his thigh.

Barcelona said nothing.

The Barça club also opted for silence when this morning the player from Rosario was absent from the activation training scheduled at the Córdoba sports city.

The answer would come hours later: Messi will not be able to play tonight the first leg of the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Sociedad in the Nuevo Arcángel.

Messi himself, despite the muscular warning in Los Cármenes, believed that he could be ready today.

However, in training on Tuesday he saw how the discomfort had not subsided.

Although with the hope that they would not prevent him from participating in today's meeting.

Hence, the footballer traveled with the rest of his teammates to Córdoba.

In the early afternoon the worst predictions were confirmed: Messi will not play the semifinal.

And his presence in the face of a hypothetical final next Sunday is anyone's guess.

The injury comes to Messi in what was being his best moment of the season.

The Barcelona captain came from scoring four goals in the last two games, in addition to having managed to stabilize a reliable offensive front with the company of Dembélé and Griezmann.

Ronald Koeman, who is looking for his first title as a Barça coach, will have to row against the current again.

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