Barcelona's Lionel Messi to sit out Sunday with leg injury

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's Spanish league game at Malaga on Sunday while he recovers from a leg injury.

Coach Gerard Martino leaves forward out as a 'precaution'

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi bruised a muscle in his left thigh on Wednesday against Atletico Madrid. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press)

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's Spanish league game at Malaga on Sunday while he recovers from a leg injury.

Barcelona says that even though Messi's "progress is satisfactory," coach Gerard Martino left the Argentina forward out of his squad as a "precaution."

With Messi unavailable, Martino could give new signing Neymar his first start for Barcelona.

Messi bruised a muscle in his left thigh during the first half of Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. The return leg is set for this Wednesday at Camp Nou.