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Barcelona's Lionel Messi undergoes tests for kidney problems

The Argentine will undergo Shockwave Lithotripsy to break his kidney stones

Football Soccer - Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao - Spanish Liga - Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona - 17/1/16Barcelona's Lionel Messi shows to the crowd the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 trophy before their Spanish League soccer match against Athletic Bilbao. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Barcelona's Lionel Messi shows to the crowd the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 trophy before their Spanish League soccer match against Athletic Bilbao. REUTERS/Albert Gea

(Reuters) - Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is expected to play in Wednesday's King's Cup semi-final against Valencia despite missing training on Monday to have tests on his kidneys, the La Liga club said.

"Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will undergo several tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the evolution of the kidney problems he suffered last December," Barcelona said in a statement on their website (www.fcbarcelona.com)

"Messi will return to his normal duties with the first team on Wednesday."

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.

(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Messi will be treated at the Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona, where he will undergo a procedure known as ‘Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy’. The procedure is a non-invasive procedure that uses shock-waves applied externally to break up the kidney stones into tiny little pieces.

Despite the procedure’s non-invasive nature, Barcelona are unlikely to risk their Argentine wizard, given that they have a 7-0 lead going into the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal against Valencia. Messi was in sparkling form in the first leg, scoring a hatrick while teammate Luis Suarez scored four.

Messi should be fine to face Celta Vigo in La Liga in Barcelona’s game after their King’s Cup semifinal, where the Argentine will aid his team’s chase for the La Liga title where the Catalans have a 3 point lead over second placed Atletico Madrid, but have a game in hand.

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