Barcelona's routine win against Almeria was marred by an injury picked up by striker Lionel Messi. The Catalan giants finished up 2-0 winners.

Messi opened the scoring on 21 minutes, curling in a 20-yard shot as Barcelona started strongly, although not long after the Argentinian star signalled to be replaced just eight minutes later after picking up a suspected thigh injury.

Messi, 26, appeared before a Spanish judge on Friday after he and his Father Jorge Messi were accused of tax fraud involving £3.4 million pounds.

Messi will have tests on his injury in an attempt to get him back to fitness for Tuesday's Champion League clash against Celtic.

Fellow defender Adriano made the score 2-0 after tapping in Cesc Fabregas' low cross.

On a better note for Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino, the newly appointed manager has now beaten a record set by five other managers. Pep Guardiola (2009/10) and Tito Vilanova (2012/13), are among the five who have started the season with six straight wins.

When asked about Messi's injury he replied: 'I hope it's nothing and he can be with us for the upcoming games because he is an important player. The team is completely different with him.'

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