Barcelona says Lionel Messi has a fever, told to rest
Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts after losing the Copa del Rey soccer match against rival Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:38AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:23AM EST
BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona says Lionel Messi has a fever and did not attend Wednesday's scheduled training session.
The club says Messi, who played a lacklustre match in his team's 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinals on Tuesday, was being attended to by doctors.
Barcelona says "a team of doctors have visited Messi at home, where he has been given appropriate medication and been advised to rest."
The club says Xavi Hernandez also missed Wednesday's training session, instead doing "physiotherapy work."
Messi hit the outside of the far post early in the match at the Camp Nou but was then effectively neutralized by Madrid's midfield. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals for Madrid.