Lionel Messi's Gerd Müller Record In Doubt After Injury (PICTURES)

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Lionel Messi's bid to surpass Gerd Müller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year is in jeopardy after the Barcelona attacker was carried off on a stretcher in their Champions League match with Benfica.

Messi arrived as a 58th minute substitute in the goalless draw but collided with the Portuguese side's goalkeeper Artur, injuring his knee in the process.

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Barça announced Messi has "a bruise on the outside of his left knee" and will undergo further tests to determine the extent of his injury.

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Messi has a bruise on the outside of his left knee. He'll undergo further tests to determine the exact extent of the injury.

The 24-year-old has scored 84 goals for Barça and Argentina this year. He has four matches left this year to overhaul Müller's tally - La Liga games against Real Betis, Atletico Madrid and Real Valladolid, as well as a Copa del Rey tie with Córdoba.

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Barcelona had already qualified as winners of Group G prior to their final fixture on Wednesday night, having lost just one of their six matches against Celtic last month.

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