Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks after suffering a groin strain in Barcelona’s draw with Atletico Madrid. The striker went off on 59 minutes on Wednesday after a Diego Godin tackle. He was forced to miss Argentina’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Venezuela earlier this month with a groin injury, but has played in all five La Liga games for his club this season. The Argentine could return for Barca’s Champions League tie with Manchester City on 19 October. Prior to that tie, Messi will be ruled out of games against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League, Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo in La Liga, and World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Paraguay.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has said he has known for a while that winger Jeremy Helan wanted to retire to focus on religion. The 24-year-old Frenchman, a devout Muslim, is set to retire from the game.
Ajax’s Dutch Cup 5-0 victory over Willem II saw the first player sent off by a video referee. Official Danny Makkelie took charge of Wednesday’s game with Pol van Boekel assisting from a van outside. With Ajax 2-0 up, Willem’s Anouar Kali was shown a yellow card by Makkelie for a challenge on Lasse Schone. However, upon watching the incident back, Van Boekel indicated Kali should be shown a red. The referee corrected his initial decision and Ajax made the man advantage count, going on to add a further three goals.
Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has publicly criticised Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, for a change. He has now suggested that in order to prove himself as a great manager he should go to a team like Sunderland. Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “Pep was successful at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but take a look behind that success. “The team he took at Barca had been built by Frank Rijkaard and then he was lucky to have Lionel Messi. It was Messi who made Barca, not Pep. Luis Enrique has shown that Barca’s success was not down to Guardiola. “If Pep wants to prove himself as a great manager, then he should go to Real Zaragoza or Sunderland. Let’s see how good he is when he doesn’t take over a great team and hasn’t got half a billion pounds to spend.”