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Barca's Champions League opponents send Lionel Messi brilliant tweet after injury

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Barcelona confirmed today that the groin injury picked up by Lionel Messi in Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid would keep the diminutive Argentinian on the sidelines for around three weeks.

You'd think that news would be met by private celebrations by those opponents slated to take on the Catalan giants over the next few weeks.

However, judging by a tweet sent out today, that doesn't appear to be the case with Barca's upcoming Champions League opponents Borussia Monchengladbach.

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The Bundesliga club are set to face off against Barcelona on Wednesday night and, far from counting their lucky stars that they'll now do so with Messi ruled out, they actually sound pretty disappointed that the Argentinian won't be lining up alongside his teammates.

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The message translates as follows:

"What a pity! We would love to have you on Wednesday with the @FCBarcelona seen here in the BORUSSIA-PARK. Get well, Lionel Messi!"

Considering Gladbach's chances are improved (albeit, only slightly) with Messi out, it is a slightly strange reaction given that three crucial Champions League points are up for grabs in Germany on Wednesday night.

However, there's no doubt that their well-wishes are a nice touch and one that proves just how highly Messi is regarded across the footballing world.

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Barcelona, meanwhile, will be cursing their luck that Messi is facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

The team has only just welcomed back Neymar after his responsibilities with Brazil and the duo, alongside Luis Suarez, have wasted little time wreaking havoc on opponents in recent games.

And, whilst most would expect Luis Enrique's side to still have enough to beat their German opponents in mid-week, it is undoubtedly a setback for the La Liga giants.

Atletico were able to get back on level terms not long after the Argentinian left the pitch last night and, in truth, looked the more likely to grab a winner.

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With domestic fixtures against Sporting, Deportivo and Celta Vigo while Messi is on the treatment table, Barcelona should still come away with nine points before welcoming back their star to the fold.

However, if the three-week time frame for recovery has to be extended to a full month, it then puts in doubt Messi's availability for another key Champions League clash, this time against Manchester City.

The Catalan club certainly won't want to be without the forward when they face their former manager's new team. However, they probably shouldn't expect a similar tweet from the Premier League club if it does prove to be the case.

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Topics:
La Liga
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo
Andres Iniesta
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Neymar

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