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Leo Messi supports Neymar on Facebook after suffering a groin injury

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Leo Messi has given support to his Barcelona team-mate Neymar after it was confirmed the Brazilian would miss their final Champions League group game against Bayer Leverkusen with an injury.

Luis Enrique said Neymar had suffered a "slight groin strain" in a routine training session in Germany, but could not confirm whether he would be able to return in time for Barcelona's weekend fixture against Deportivo La Coruna. There is also concern that he may miss the Club World Cup in Japan later this month.

He told Barcelona's official website: "His recovery will dictate his availability for the coming fixtures."

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Regardless of how serious the injury is, Messi felt the need to show some support to his attacking team-mate on Facebook, posting a message alongside a picture of the two of them clearly enjoying each other's company.

He said: "Stay strong Neymar Jr.! Tomorrow we play our last UEFA Champions League group game in Germany and we'll try to get another victory!"

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Neymar has been the star of the show at Camp Nou this season, scoring 16 goals in 18 appearances so far. His rise to prominence coincided with a two-month absence for Messi, who suffered knee ligament damage earlier in the campaign.

Now Messi has returned, he is likely to retake his position on the FC Barcelona throne, but Neymar, who is still only 23, has proven himself to be worthy heir.

However, Barcelona won't be needing either of their star men tonight. They have already sealed top spot in Group E and Enrique has taken the chance to play several Barcelona B candidates. 

Gerard Gumbau, Juan Camara and Wilfrid Kaptoum all travelled with the squad while Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique stayed behind. Messi is expected to start.

Bayer Leverkusen must better AS Roma's result against BATE Borisov to qualify for the knockout stages.

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