Reports: Extent of Lionel Messi’s facial injury and return date revealed

Lionel Messi was left with a bloody nose and a blood clot on his eyelid after a collision with Manchester United’s Chris Smalling. However, reports suggest that it isn’t a serious injury and that he will be able to make a quick turnaround.

Lionel Messi was left with blood pouring out of his nose in the first half at Old Trafford after a collision with Chris Smalling, but gathered himself to see out the entire 90 minutes.

Initially there was a sense that he may have suffered a broken nose, but the reports to emerge from the sidelines after he was treated by the club physios was that he had a minor deviated nasal septum due to the impact of the collision, and that it wasn’t serious.

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It was thought that the Argentine wizard would be out for the weekend La Liga game against Huesca but would play in the Champions League second leg quarterfinal fixture against Manchester United.

However, a report from Catalunya Radio Esports suggests that the doctors have ‘discarded’ the possibility of a nasal injury and that Messi could be in line for a return this weekend against Huesca.

Messi, 31, has been in fantastic form this season spearheading Barcelona’s charge for a treble, with 43 goals and 21 assists in 41 games.