"We did a scan on him at the stadium and then took him to do an ultrasound and an MRI," Argentina team doctor Daniel Martinez told La Nacion. "Thankfully we didn't find any bone damage or fractures but there is a large contusion. There's inflammation around the back of his ribcage and in the soft tissue. The pain is making it difficult to move normally, to turn, to cough."
The injuries came in a collision with former Vancouver Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron after attempting a spectacular back heel in the 59th minute and left the game. He walked off the field and sat on the bench before leading to the locker room in visible pain.
"He was in intense pain on the field," said Martinez. "The most worrying thing was the pain because, as I said, it was intense. Sometimes being warm means you don't feel anything but here was the complete opposite: Messi was in a lot of pain."
FRIDAY, MAY 27
Chile 1 Jamaica 2
Uruguay 3 Trinidad & Tobago 1
Argentina 1 Honduras 0
Costa Rica 2 Venezuela 1
SATURDAY, MAY 28
USA vs. Bolivia (in Kansas City, Kansas)
Mexico vs. Paraguay (in Atlanta)
Peru vs. El Salvador (in Washington, D.C.)
SUNDAY, MAY 29
Colombia vs. Haiti (in Miami)
Panama vs. Brazil (in Commerce City, Calif.)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
Guatemala vs. Venezuela (in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
Mexico vs. Chile (in San Diego)