Lionel Messi ruled out for up to two months

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona takes to the field for the La Liga match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 10, 2013
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Barcelona confirm that Lionel Messi is out for up to two months with a hamstring tear.

Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi will be sidelined for between six to eight weeks with a hamstring tear.

The 26-year-old was forced off with the problem during his side's 4-1 win over Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.

The forward will now miss Argentina's upcoming friendlies against Ecuador and Bosnia-Herzegovina later this month.

A brief statement on Barcelona's official website read: "The Argentinean has a muscle tear in his left hamstring."

Messi has scored 14 goals in 14 games for Barca so far this season.

Barcelona's forward Pedro Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga match Real Betis vs FC Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on November 10, 2013
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