Soccer-Messi misses Club World Cup semi-final through illness
Barcelona's Lionel Messi - REUTERS/Albert Gea

YOKOHAMA: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was ruled out of their Club World Cup semi-final on Thursday after suffering from abdominal pain, the European champions said.

Messi was marked as absent on the team sheet and Barcelona, who were facing Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, said in a statement that the Argentine was suffering from “renal colic”.

“His availability for the next matches will depend on his progress,” the statement added.

Barcelona were also without injured forward Neymar for the game. The winners meet South American champions River Plate in Sunday’s final.

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