Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona scared striker could miss Real Madrid showdown

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Madrid are preparing for a big few weeks, including a Copa del Rey semi-final and LaLiga clash against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

The Argentine forward was eventually able to finish the game, but he will now undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde remains hopeful Lionel Messi will be fit to face Real Madrid on Wednesday, despite the striker feeling a "small problem" during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Valencia.

"I don't know what it is. We hope he can recover, just like the others".

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"I imagine that it is not that bad".

Earlier, had reported how Portugal global Cristiano Ronaldo told Juventus' chiefs to give him three more bodyguards for himself and his family in Italy.

"We'll wait to see what the doctors say, then evaluate things based on that".

A goal from Kevin Gameiro and a Dani Parejo penalty had given Valencia an unexpected 2-0 lead at Camp Nou but Messi's 20th and 21st league goals of the season earned Barca a draw.

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Messi halved the deficit seven minutes later by scoring for the ninth consecutive game in all competitions, converting from the spot after having a goal chalked off as the referee had already blown his whistle to award the penalty.

"Between tomorrow and the day afterwards we'll need to see exactly how he is and what he has", Valverde said.

Barcelona owns a six-point edge on Atleti, which will travel to play mid-table Real Betis on Sunday.

As well as Messi, there are also doubts about Ousmane Dembele's availability for the game.

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Ramos said it would be a huge month for Madrid, who are third in LaLiga and eight points behind Barca.