Bauza blames Barca for Messi injury

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Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza has accused Barcelona of not looking after Lionel Messi as he suffered a new injury on Wednesday against Atletico Madrid.

The 29-year-old forward broke down just seven minutes into Barca's 1-1 draw with Los Rojiblancos at the Camp Nou, with the defending La Liga champions announcing afterwards that he will be ruled out for three weeks with a torn right adductor muscle.

Bauza criticised the Catalan giants for not giving Messi enough time to recover from a similar injury to his other leg, which forced the Argentine sensation to miss the World Cup qualifier against Venezuela at the start of this month.

Lionel Messi

The Rosario native then featured for Luis Enrique's side four times in the space of 12 days, starting against Alaves, Celtic, Leganes and Atleti.

"Barcelona always sends us messages saying that we must take care of Messi, but they don't take care of him very well," Bauza told Fox Sports. "It is strange that they make him play in all their matches.

"We received the official report from Barcelona. To us, that seems strange because three weeks is not enough time to repair a torn adductor," the 58-year-old coach added on ESPN Radio.

Lionel Messi

"We haven't yet been able to speak with him, but we want to know how serious the injury is. Barcelona have made it more complicated for us. They posted an official statement and at the moment that is all we have to go on.

"Our team doctors are waiting on the MRI to know the official grade of the injury. Apparently, studies have been done and we are waiting on those results, which will be sent to our national-team doctors. That way we will have a more definitive answer."

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