Lionel Messi Injures Hamstring, Could Be Out for Up To Three Weeks; Beckham Hopes Barcelona Superstar Will Be Fit for Second Leg

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Apr 02, 2013 11:15 PM EDT
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Barcelona forward looks to move past PSG players David Beckham (R), Alex (L) and Blaise Matuidi in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg, April 2"


Paris Saint Germain midfielder David Beckham believes his side still have a shot of getting past Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, as the Spanish giants sweat on the fitness of Lionel Messi, who could be out for as long as three weeks.

PSG fought back from a goal down twice to keep the tie interesting at 2-2 after the first leg. Messi opened the scoring for Barca, only for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score against his former side with a little over ten minutes remaining.

A Xavi penalty seemed to have given the away side the win, but Blaise Matuidi scored in the final moments to make it 2-2.

"In the first half, especially in the first 10 minutes, we had a few very good chances and if we'd have put one of those away it might have been different," Beckham told ITV.

"Then obviously they got their goal, then it was an uphill battle, but I think we deserved the draw.

"It's better than it was at 2-1. We go there, it's going to be difficult but there's no reason we can't go there and get a result."

Barca were stricken down with injuries during the match, but none more important than their talisman Messi, who was taken off at halftime because of a hamstring problem in his right leg.

Javier Mascherano also injured himself on the pitch, and could be out for as long as six weeks.

Some reports from Spain suggest Messi could be out for up to three weeks, although Barca will give a definite answer only after further tests are conducted Wednesday.

The two teams face off in the second leg next week, and if indeed the injury proves to be more than just a knock, Barca will have to do without their best player in the world at the Camp Nou.

"I hope he's not injured, we all hope he's fit and ready to go for any game that's coming up," Beckham added. "We wish him better."

Beckham was a surprise inclusion in the starting lineup, and the England veteran said he was enjoying his time with PSG.

"I was obviously very happy (to start)," the former Real Madrid man said. "The manager (Carlo Ancelotti) has always shown a lot of confidence in me, especially in big moments, and tonight was a big moment for the club and I was happy to start.

"I feel pretty much the same (as at AC Milan), it was only three years ago. I'm enjoying being part of these nights again, they're very special."

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