Messi: I feared for the worst

Lionel Messi admitted that he feared that he would be out with a long-term injury after suffering a bruised knee bone injury against Benfica on Wednesday.

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The injury, which was caused by a collision with Benfica goalkeeper Artur in the Champions League match, has ruled Messi out for Barcelona's next two training session as they prepare to visit Real Betis on Sunday.

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner revealed that he feared for the worst when he felt the injury on the pitch and expected to be out with a long-term injury but was relieved that it turned out to be a knock which will keep him out for days.

'I was in pain after the knock, so I thought it was really bad. Luckily, it was just that, a knock.', he said in a sponsorship press conference with Turkish Airlines.

'I'm fine, better than yesterday [Wednesday] already. I don't know if I'll be ready for Sunday's game, will depend on evolution. 

'What happened yesterday [Wednesday], can happen on training too. Every time you're out on the pitch, there's a risk to get injured. 

'The truth is I did not think about anything because all I could feel was the pain. But in a moment I thought the worst. When it was shown it was not a severe injury I was calmer.'

With Messi just a goal away from equalling Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year, fans will be eager for him to return to the field as soon as possible and the Argentine himself admitted that he is eager to go on rewrite the history books.

'I sincerely thought it was the last ball I would be touching for a long time because of the pain. I tried to go ahead and shoot but I didn't have the strength,' he added.

'I am not obsessed with breaking records. It will be nice because (Muller's record) has stood for so long and if I break it then I hope my record stands for as long.'

Barcelona's club doctor Richard Pruna will decide, along with the player and his coach Tito Vilanova, if he can train normally on Saturday and then travel to Seville for Sunday night's match with fourth placed Betis.

Barcelona will play two more fixtures after this weekend before La Liga goes on a two-week break.

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