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Lionel Messi was removed from Barcelona's 4-2 win over Malaga in a Copa del Rey match Thursday for precautionary reasons, according to

Messi was replaced by Thiago in the 82nd minute after feeling muscular pain. The condition of the La Rosaleda field also contributed to the decision by the Barcelona coaching staff. Messi headed in the final goal of the match in the 80th minute.

Barcelona is preparing for matches against Osasuna (Sunday) and Real Madrid (Jan. 30) in a Copa del Rey match.