Messi ruled out of Club World Cup clash
Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's Club World Cup semifinal with Guangzhou Evergrande due to renal colic, the club has announced.
Barca will face Luiz Felipe Scolari's Asian champions at the International Stadium Yokohama on Thursday as they look to book their place in the final on Sunday.
However, they are expected to be without Neymar as he builds up his fitness following a groin injury and Messi has now been ruled out.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Leo Messi will not be playing in today's Club World Cup semifinal against Guangzhou Evergrande.
"The Argentinian striker is suffering from renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly caused by kidney stones, and will be absent for the 11:30 a.m. CET kick-off against the Asian champions.
"His future availability will depend on the outcome of further medical tests."
European champions Barcelona won the Club World Cup in 2009 and 2011 and are aiming to become the first club to win the competition three times.
They will face South American champions River Plate in the final after the Argentine side beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 in their semifinal.
The losers of Thursday's game will face Sanfrecce in the third-place playoff.
[BREKING NEWS] Leo Messi, last minute absentee from the Club World Cup semi-final. The player has renal colic pic.twitter.com/GBKOeDoMx9
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