Did Manchester City's Demichelis cause Messi's foot injury?

Messi and Dzemaili Switzerland Argentina

A video showing Leo Messi's foot injury that has kept him out of Argentina's friendlies has been released by Cuatro, which is being blamed on his compatriot Martin Demichelis.

Leo Messi was sidelined for both of Argentina's friendlies in the United States and could miss this weekend's La Liga clash against Celta Vigo because of it.

A video released by Cuatro Deportes shows the golf ball-sized lump on the 27-year-old's foot and the inflammation on the arch, which has prevented him from facing Paraguay and Ecuador.

While Cuatro states that Messi suffered the injury against Real Madrid in their 3-1 El Clasico win almost two weeks ago, ESPN via Mundo Deportivo contends that the injury was suffered several days prior in Barcelona's Champions League win over Manchester City and that the injury was caused by none other than his friend and Argentine national teammate Martin Demichelis.

The report states that while Messi was looking to pass in to Luis Suarez, Demichelis came in with a hard tackle that hit Messi's right foot.

Messi clutched the foot with two hands but was able to walk it off and finish the match.

Messi proceeded to fight through the pain as the team prepared for their El Clasico clash against Real Madrid and played with the injury for the full 90.

However, the injury has prevented him from even wearing boots and he will now undergo testing with the Barcelona medical staff to determine how long his recovery will take.

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