Time to give you the latest on Lionel Messi’s injury ahead of next Wednesday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou, he didn’t practice with his teammates today.
After FC Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Valencia last Saturday, the major concern was with Lionel Messi and his physical state due to a muscular problem.
During the second half of the game, the Argentine player wasn’t able to continue playing at his usual level after he suffered a blow on his right thigh from one of Valencia’s players and needed to get medical attention on the sidelines.
Even after he received treatment on the affected area, Lionel Messi still wasn’t able to return to full beast-mode and the fans at Camp Nour were really worried because of the upcoming Copa del Rey Clasico that’s coming on Wednesday.
The Catalan club has been determined to tell the press that he is not going to miss the match, but everybody was expecting him to come on Monday and see if he practiced alongside all of his teammates.
Missing this first crucial match against Real Madrid on Wednesday could be catastrophic, Lionel Messi is arguably the most important player they have and his absence has proved to be detrimental for the Catalan club this season.
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💥 Leo Messi no entrena con el grupo. El argentino sigue con molestias en su muslo derecho
— Diario SPORT (@sport) February 4, 2019
The cameras and reporters were waiting for Messi to arrive, the fears were as expected. Lionel wasn’t seen on the practice with the rest of the squad, he was told to remain at the gym throughout the whole session getting the proper treatment for recovery.
Messi was spotted getting the proper recovery methods by two different physical therapists, the player did get an important knock on the right thigh and there is still no confirmation about his participation for next Wednesday.
A report from Diario Sport suggests that the Catalan club has told everyone in the press that Messi will be 100% ready for El Clasico, but the images of him coming to practice and how worried he look to tell a different story.
Messi will try to complete tomorrow’s training alongside his teammates exactly one day before the crucial match, his participation and the evolution of his pain will be the ones that decide whether he will be available for manager Ernesto Valverde or not.
The Argentine is eager to play against Real Madrid, one of the favorite victims he’s had throughout his career.
On this day in 2004, Messi signed his first professional contract.
In the 15 years since:
5 Ballons d'Or
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 4, 2019
Dembele is back in full force for Valverde
As we wait for whatever happens with Lionel Messi during the next couple of days, we have to give you all the good news that manager Ernest Valverde has completely recovered Frenchman Ousmane Dembele from the injury he suffered.
To those who didn’t know, the young player missed the last four matches due to an ankle injury he suffered during the La Liga match against Leganes.
Ankle injuries can be very tricky for dribblers like Dembele, which is why the manager decided to give him such an extended resting period in order to have him completely recovered for the Copa del Rey semifinals.
Regardless of who the Catalan club was facing, it was evident that Dembele’s absence could affect the squad but not as much as Lionel Messi missing this upcoming game.
We will keep you all posted on what happens with the Argentine, but chances are that he will get to play against Real Madrid without a problem.
A victory for FC Barcelona at Camp Nou is very important if they want to play at the Bernabeu with a slight advantage, especially now that Real Madrid are playing amazing football compared to the start of the season.
Most assists in Europe's top five leagues so far this season:
🇦🇷 Lionel Messi (10)
🇧🇪 Eden Hazard (10)
🇩🇪 Leroy Sané (9)
🏴 Ryan Fraser (9)
🏴 Jadon Sancho (9)
🇩🇪 Joshua Kimmich (9)
A fascinating collection. pic.twitter.com/qyA9mgVa55
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 4, 2019
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