Hamburg are set to make an extra €400,000 due to Lionel Messi injury.

The reigning holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or will not play in the match to mark Hamburg's 125th anniversary after picking up a calf injury in training.

"During training yesterday (Monday), the player has suffered a bruised right calf. This morning (Tuesday), he had an ultrasound scan that revealed the presence of an intramuscular haematoma," the Catalan club said in a statement.

The match at the Hamburg Arena is the first of six pre-season friendlies for Barca as Tito Vilanova begins work as the club's new head coach. Next up for them will be a trip to Casablanca to face Moroccan side Raja Club before warm-up matches against Espanyol, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Dinamo Bucharest ahead of the new season kicking off in Spain on August 19.

According to reports in Germany, there was a clause in the contract inserted when the Hamburg fixture was booked which means the German club now only have to pay Barca €800,000 for their appearance rather than the 1.2m due had Messi played.
With the 57,000-capacity Hamburg Arena sold out for the match, the club is now set to make a €900,000 profit on the fixture.


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