Messi in action against Atlético / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Leo Messi ceded his spot on the pitch to Cesc Fàbregas at halftime in the match against Atlético Madrid this evening. Barça’s No10 was substituted as a precaution after the player noticed discomfort in his left thigh. Messi will undergo further tests this Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.

“Independently of whether it’s a final or not, there’s no reason to keep a player on the pitch when there’s an injury or if there are physical issues that impede him from playing normally,” said Gerardo Martino in the post-match press conference.