Messi to be Examined by Doctors After Smalling Clash

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said Lionel Messi will be examined by doctors after sustaining a “significant bruise” to his nose in Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Manchester United.

Messi took a blow in the first half of Barca’s 1-0 opening-leg quarter-final success away to United at Old Trafford.

The Barca captain was left bruised and bloodied after United defender Chris Smalling attempted to win the ball ahead of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Asked about Messi after the game, Valverde told reporters: “Messi wasn’t so comfortable after the blow.

“We have to examine him tomorrow to see how he is. He was strong, but he has quite a significant bruise.”