FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is expected to miss the next six soccer betting weeks after tearing a left thigh muscle in Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Celtic, in the soccer betting Champions League on Tuesday.
Barcelona has said that Messi will have treatment for the rest of the soccer betting season. Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard had recalled Messi to the starting lineup to face Celtic. Reports had Messi dealing with a slight injury after Saturday’s 4-2 loss in the soccer betting league to Atlético Madrid. “The doctors had said that he risked injury if he played, and (the press) pressured us by saying that he always has to play, and now we are all paying for this”, team captain Carles Puyol said.
Messi is the leading scorer in the soccer betting Champions League and will be sorely missed by Barcelona in that tournament and in Spanish League soccer betting action. The team moves into the quarterfinals of the online soccer betting Champions League but will have to play without Messi.
In other online soccer betting news, Bayern Munich could be without four regular first-team players in Thursday’s soccer betting UEFA Cup last-16 match against Anderlecht. Oliver Kahn, Lucio, Ze Roberto and Marcell Jansen have all been left behind in Munich. With Kahn being rested, Bayern will be going with backup Michael Rensing in goal. Bayern midfielder Mark van Bommel believes Rensing will play well. “Michael has often deputised for Kahn and done well, so I am not worried”.
Online soccer betting experts know that Lucio has been out with a groin injury while Ze Roberto has the flu. Bayern should have Martin Demichelis and Daniel van Buyten in defense, with Christian Lell replacing Jansen. Jose Ernesto Sosa may take Ze Roberto’s place. Anderlecht also has injuries as Mbo Mpenza is still trying to come back from a knee injury. Also questionable are Lucas Biglia (thigh), Jan Polak (gastroenteritis), Serhat Akin (calf), Oleksandr Iakovenko (quad) and Marcin Wasilewski (medial knee ligament).
Thursday’s round of 16 first leg soccer betting matches in the UEFA Cup in addition to Anderlecht vs. Bayern have Tottenham playing PSV, Getafe vs. Benfica, Bolton vs. Sporting, Leverkusen vs. Hamburn, Marseille vs. Zenit, Rangers vs. Bremen and Fiorentina vs. Everton.