Messi 'sad', 'angry' after latest injury setback

The Argentine has expressed his frustration at being sidelined for the remainder of the year with a hamstring tear suffered during his club's 4-1 win over Real Betis.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted he is both sad and angry following his latest injury setback.

The Argentine limped off 19 minutes into his club's 4-1 win at Real Betis on Nov. 4, suffering a hamstring tear likely to rule him out of action for six to eight weeks.

Messi has been beset by thigh problems this year and he admits his frustration is now getting the better of him.

“I am sad because I did not expect to get an injury, but I am also angry as it has come straight after another injury," the 26-year-old attacker told Ole.

Despite his understandable disappointment, Messi was philosophical about this latest blow, musing that it “happened because it had to happen.”

Prior to the past 12 months, Messi’s injury record has been almost exemplary, as he featured in more than 50 club games per season since 2008-09. His intensive playing schedule has been tossed about as a possible explanation for his current problems, but Messi was quick to deny that this is the case.

“I’m not the only one playing many games a season," he said. "Many people in the league play as much as I do.”

Messi also insisted he plans to return to action only when he is fully fit in order to avoid further injuries before the World Cup next summer.

“The plan is to resume playing when my body tells me I’m fine," he explained. "I will make sure I can train properly for Brazil.”