La liga : Messi undergoes kidney stone treatment
Lionel Messi is undergoing treatment on kidney stones, Barcelona announced on Monday.
The five-time world Player of the Year “will be submitted to various tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the development of kidney problems he suffered last December”, the Spanish champions said in a statement.
Messi is due back on Wednesday, when Barca face Valencia in the Copa del Rey semifinal second leg, with the Catalans firmly in control after the 7-0 first leg drubbing they handed Gary Neville’s team as Messi bagged a hat-trick.
“Messi will return to his normal duties with the first team on Wednesday.”
The five time World Player of the Year is reported to be receiving lithotripsy, a procedure involving ultrasound shock waves to break down problem kidney stones.
“The surgery normally lasts between three quarters of an hour and an hour with the patient requiring sedation or in some cases anaesthesia,” the Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported.
Messi suffered renal colic, a problem commonly caused by kidney stones, in Japan in December forcing him to miss eventual winners Barcelona’s semifinal against China’s Guangzhou Evergrande.
He recovered in time to line up in the final where Barca beat Argentina’s River Plate 3-0 as he scored the opening goal.
The Argentina international missed his team’s FIFA Club World Cup semi-final in December as he was suffering from renal colic, a type of abdominal pain often caused by kidney stones.
Despite the problem, he played in the final three days later and has also played in all of Barca’s league games since.
Barcelona visit Valencia in the second leg of their King’s Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The La Liga leaders take a 7-0 lead into the match.