MADRID - World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's trip to Malaga on Sunday due to a thigh injury, the club have confirmed. The Argentine was taken off at half-time in Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday and won't travel with his teammates to Andalusia. "His progress is satisfactory, but he has been left out as a precaution," said a statement released by the club on Saturday. However, manager Gerardo Martino refused to confirm that Messi's absence would mean a first start in a Barca shirt for Neymar. "Neymar is improving all the time. The number of sessions he has done is growing and he is getting to know the squad and the club," he told a press conference on Saturday. –AFP