Barcelona have denied that Lionel Messi has suffered a relapse in his recovery from a calf injury, but admit the injury is taking longer to recover.
Leo Messi, who had returned from his summer break for training, withdrew from the session due to discomfort in his right leg. Tests carried out have diagnosed a Grade 1 calf strain for the Argentine. Messi has began his individual training with the fitness coach. However, given the current situation, the Argentine will return to the pitch only after the International Break.
Earlier tests reported that Messi will out for 1 month. This resulted in Messi missing out on the pre-season and the La Liga opener as well. However, new tests claim that his recovery is slower than expected. But the club have denied that, confirming that they just want to be cautious with their superstar. Spanish radio station RAC1 have claimed that the Argentine had suffered a relapse of the calf injury that has been keeping him out since the start of August. This would’ve delayed his return by a month but, as reported by Sport, the club insist that the claim is untrue – and that the Argentine hasn’t started training with the first team yet. They are, however, being extremely careful with his rehabilitation. Valverd is not keen to rush him back too quickly ahead of a pivotal season.
Barcelona face 8th place Osasuna on Saturday for their next La Liga fixture but will be without their main man. Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele also have been sidelines due to injuries. While there are ongoing transfer talks about the latter, Griezmann has stepped up to be the spearhead of Barcelona’s attack. Their injuries also gave youngsters to gain first team appearance for Barcelona Players like Anssumane Fati and Carlez Perez made first team appearances. With that appearance on the weekend, Fati became the second-youngest ever Blaugrana debutant.
It is understood they see the forthcoming 15-day international break at the start of September as the perfect chance to bring Messi back to full fitness. Summer signing Frenkie de Jong was also kept apart from the main squad in training, going through what the club described as ‘specific individual work’, in turn refusing to go into the specifics of what this meant.
The International break will start after this game-week and will end at 14th September, and all the club competitions will commence on this day and Barcelona will play against Valencia. Hence, it is being speculated that the Argentine international is being considered to be kept on the sidelines for this match too. Further, Messi is also expected to miss the upcoming matches for Argentina.