Lionel Messi Won’t Play in St. Louis Due to Leg Injury

BARCELONA, Spain (KMOX/AP) – Bad news for local soccer fans. Barcelona says Lionel Messi will not be with the Argentine National team next week when they play Bosnia & Herzegovina at Busch Stadium.

Messi will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after suffering his third leg injury of the season.

The 26-year-old star forward hurt his left leg in Barcelona’s 4-1 victory at Real Betis on Sunday. Messi has been plagued by nagging muscle problems since the end of last season.

Though Messi will not make an appearance in St. Louis November 18th, Manchester City Striker Edin Dzeko and former St. Louis University star Vedad Ibisević will play the Argentine National team, according to the Bosnia & Herzegovina Football Association.

In addition to stars Dzeko and Ibisević, the tem also features goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) captain Emir Spahić (Bayer Leverkusen) and attacking midfielder Miralem Pjanić (Roma).

Bosnia recently qualified to its first FIFA World Cup after finishing first in Group G.

The Argentina roster features some of the sport’s top stars including Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain. Argentina finished 1st in the recently-concluded South American World Cup qualifying.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting cardinals.com/soccer, the Busch Stadium box office or by calling 314-345-9000.

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