Messi misses training to undergo kidney tests

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi missed training on Monday to have tests on his kidneys.

The Argentina international sat out December’s Fifa Club World Cup semi-final after being diagnosed with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly attributed to kidney stones.

He was able to play in the final three days later, and has played in all of Barca’s league games since.

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A club statement said Messi, 28, will return to “normal duties” on Wednesday.

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“Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will undergo several tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the evolution of the kidney problems he suffered last December,” it said.

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Messi has scored 12 goals in 17 La Liga games this season to help Barcelona go three points clear at the top of the table.

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He played the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s 2-0 win at bottom club Levante.

On Wednesday, Barca visit Valencia in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, which they lead 7-0 on aggregate.

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