Messi Out for up to 2014

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hi-res-155363339_crop_650x440Barcelona’s Argentine star Lionel Messi will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks due to a muscle tear in his left hamstring muscle, the Spanish giants said Monday.

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The 26-year-old limped off after just 20 minutes of Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday, the third time this season that he has been forced off with a muscular problem following hamstring and thigh injuries in his right leg earlier in the campaign.

“The club’s medical services confirmed after tests this Monday morning that Leo Messi has a torn hamstring muscle in his left thigh and is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks,” Barcelona said in a statement. “The first phase of Messi’s recovery will be covered in Barcelona and he will then travel to Buenos Aires,” it added.

After Sunday’s match Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino said Messi’s injury troubles were not related and the absence of the four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner could never be used as an excuse for the team to not perform.

“We have the best player in the world, but we also have four or five of the next six or seven best players in the world. Therefore, as a coach, the absence of Messi should never be used as an excuse for not winning. The injury to Messi doesn’t have anything to do with the previous ones because it is in the other leg,” he added.

Despite losing Messi with the score still at 0-0, Barça cruised to victory as two goals in two minutes from Neymar and Pedro Rodriguez put them 2-0 up at the break.

Caption: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Limited (GSK),
Lucozade Sport Lagos City Marathon Debuts Nov.23

Health conscious Lagosians and fitness freaks have been offered a unique platform to live  out their passion as GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Limited (GSK), makers of Lucozade Sport isotonic drink and the Lagos State Ministry of Youth, Sport and Social Development team up to organise the first of a quarterly 10 kilometers Marathon Fun Run.

Both parties recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the partnership which will see the first race hold on November 23.

Dubbed the Lucozade Sport Lagos City 10km Fun Run, the event is targeted at Staff of Blue Chip organizations, Businessmen and women, professional athletes and students of tertiary institutions. Organisers say that the Start Point will be in Marina while the Finish Point is the Muri Okunola Park in Victoria Island.

GSK’s partnership with the Lagos State Government for the Fun Run is being led by the company’s flagship sports engagement brand, Lucozade Sport as part of the company’s contribution to the Lagos Mega City project.

The company’s Managing Director, Mr. Chidi Okoro led the team to the signing of the MOU while the Lagos State Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Enitan Oshodi signed for the state.

The event has been endorsed by the Lagos State Athletics Association which will serve as the Technical Partners. Participation in the event is expected to have teams from leading corporate organizations and professional marathon runners. Forms are already available at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos State Athletics Association, Rowe Park, Connect Marketing Office at Motorways, Alausa and online at www.lagoscity10kmrun.com.

It will be the first major running event in Lagos State in the last two years and Lucozade Sport has been sponsoring several other events including the recent Lagos Cyclefest and the Lucozade Sport Open Air Workout which were all aimed at promoting healthy living in the citizens

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsolahttps://naija247news.com
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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