Barcelona have confirmed that striker Lionel Messi’s left hamstring injury has persisted, ruling him out of action. The Spanish side have not provided the date for his return to full fitness.

Spanish giants FC Barcelona, via their official website, confirmed that Messi is still having trouble with the adductor in his left hamstring, which would need him to sit out the next few matches to return to full fitness.

The Argentine has been advised to lighten his work load over the next few days and his availability will depend on his progress. The Catalan side did not provide a date for Messi’s return from injury.

The club statement said (h/t ESPN): “Tests conducted today on first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that the discomfort in his left adductor muscle persists.

“It’s advised he lowers the burden of training in the coming days and the evolution of the injury will mark his availability to return to action.”

Argentina's Lionel Messi (C) gestures amid Uruguay's Gaston Silva (L) and Uruguay's Jose Maria Gimenez during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier football match between Argentina and Uruguay in Mendoza, Argentina, on September 1, 2016. / AFP / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi (C) gestures amid Uruguay’s Gaston Silva (L) and Uruguay’s Jose Maria Gimenez during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier football match between Argentina and Uruguay in Mendoza, Argentina, on September 1, 2016. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Messi was recently in action for Argentina as they took on Uruguay in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. The Barcelona forward scored the winning goal as the Albiceleste won the contest 1-0.

After the game, the player admitted that the injury was bothering him. The AFA medical report said that: “The captain of the national team is suffering from inguinocrural pain. As a result, he will not participate in the next World Cup qualifying match.

“This morning, Lionel Messi underwent medical and kinesiological treatment for the groin and thigh pain. It is recommended that he continue to rest from activity and will not play against Venezuela.”

Barcelona’s next game is on Saturday where they host Alaves in La Liga. After which, they begin their Champions League campaign against Celtic at Camp Nou. Messi remains a major doubt for both the games, but may still undergo late fitness tests prior to kick-off.

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