Messi receiving treatment for kidney stones


Lionel Messi is undergoing treatment on kidney stones which floored the Argentine superstar at the Club World Cup in December, Barcelona announced on Monday.

The five-time world Player of the Year “will be submitted to various tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the development of kidney problems he suffered last December,” the Spanish champions said in a statement.

Messi is due back on Wednesday, when Barca faces Valencia in the Copa del Rey semifinal second leg, with the Catalans firmly in control after the 7-0 first leg drubbing they handed Gary Neville’s team as Messi bagged a hat trick.

The five-time World Player of the Year is reported to be receiving lithotripsy, a procedure involving ultrasound shock waves to break down problem kidney stones.