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Messi in World Club fitness race

Lionel Messi, who scored the winner for reigning champions Barcelona in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev, faces a race to get fit for the start of the Club World Championship after suffering an ankle knock, coach Pep Guardiola said.

sports Updated: Dec 10, 2009 15:04 IST

Lionel Messi, who scored the winner for reigning champions Barcelona in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev, faces a race to get fit for the start of the Club World Championship after suffering an ankle knock, coach Pep Guardiola said.

"It seems it is an ankle strain," Guardiola said, indicating his Argentine star may struggle to get ready for Barca's Championship campaign starting on December 16 in Abu Dhabi.

"We'll see how he goes - there's a week to go," Guardiola said.

Messi suffered the injury in the dying seconds of the match in Kiev after tussling with Brazilian Leandro Almeida.