Lionel Messi exits Argentina friendly win vs. Honduras with back injury
Lionel Messi was taken off in the second half of Argentina's 1-0 friendly defeat of Honduras on Friday with a bruised lower back.
The Barcelona star collapsed on the ground after a knee to his torso and was seen holding his back as he gingerly walked off the field in the 64th minute.
Television cameras then showed trainers rubbing the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's lower back on the sidelines before taking him into the tunnel.
Messi sufrió un fuerte hematoma en la zona lumbar, aunque no llega a ser fisura. pic.twitter.com/w7ZrsSvjmf- SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) May 28, 2016
Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega came on as Messi's replacement.
Tests performed after the match revealed the 28-year-old has a deep bruise in his lumbar region.
It was reported earlier on Friday that Messi is scheduled to fly to Spain on Saturday to appear before a judge at the Audiencia de Barcelona on June 2.
He is then expected to fly directly to Santa Clara, California, to rejoin the team for Copa America preparations.