Messi goes off injured as Barcelona held by Atletico Madrid

BARCELONA: Barcelona failed to capitalise on Real Madrid dropping points against Villarreal as the La Liga champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, while talisman Lionel Messi limped off with a groin injury.
Ivan Rakitic nodded Barca ahead in the 41st minute but the home side lost control after the break following an injury to midfield lynchpin Sergio Busquets and Angel Corrrea fired in the equaliser in the 61st, shortly after Messi had come off.
Leo Messi has torn the groin muscle in his right leg. He will be out of action for approximately three weeks,” Barcelona officials said in a statement.
Earlier on Wednesday, Real’s 100 percent start to the season came to an end as they drew 1-1 at home to Villarreal, also halting their joint record run of 16 straight league wins.