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Barcelona face uncertainty over losing star player Lionel Messi to another long-term injury after the Argentine had to be withdrawn at half-time during the La Liga club's 2-1 victory over Villarreal late on Tuesday.

TV3 add that Messi is set for tests on his leg on Wednesday, but they believe that it is nearly certain that Messi will miss Saturday's meeting with Getafe.

Coach Ernesto Valverde downplayed the severity of the knock, and said he was taken off as a precaution, but he is likely to be without his forward for this weekend's game in Madrid.

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Messi, who had been nursing a right calf injury he picked up in the preseason, played his first minutes of the season when he came off the bench in the second half of the match against Borussia Dortmund last week. Cazorla's long-range effort left home keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen red-faced as he misjudged the swerving shot to allow the visitors back into the game, and anxiety inside the Camp Nou grew when Messi did not emerge for the restart. "He has been injured for a long time and we do not want to take any risks at the moment".

But despite recording an assist for Antoine Griezmann's opening goal, Messi's nightmare start to the campaign continued.

"We try to do our best".

Messi hurt his left leg less than half an hour into the match. "In addition, we have an agreement with the operators not to step over our matches. If it only affected Barcelona we would change it". It was Greizmann's header and Arthur's long-range goal which saw Catalans secure all three points from this game. "We played well, but unfortunately we leave without any points". It drew at Osasuna and lost the opener at Athletic Bilbao.