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Messi risks ‘blindness’, as he suffers swollen eye and broken nose against Manchester United

Lionel Messi suffered a swollen eye on collision with Chris Smalling in the UEFA Champions League round of eight first leg tie between Manchester United and Barcelona at Old Trafford.

The game which ended 1-0 saw Barcelona get an away goal advantage after an own goal by Luke Shaw in the 12th minute.

Messi was smashed in the face as he and Smalling contested for the ball leaving him with a swollen eye and broken nose.

The Argentine spent some time on the ground as medics did their work to ensure the bleeding stopped.

Manchester United will now be heading to Camp Nou for the second leg in a bid to qualify for the semi-finals.

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