Barcelona determine the duration of Messi's absence after injury against Villarreal

By September 25, 2019 , , , ,

  •  Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal
  •  Messi replaced at half-time as a precaution, coach says

FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, who was celebrating his first start of the season Tuesday 2019 after recovering from a right calf injury, gave way to the break against Villarreal, apparently touched in the left thigh. The Argentinian player (32), Monday winner of the Fifa Best Award for best player of the year, was forced to use the physio at half an hour of play after receiving a blow behind the thigh.

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He was massaged on the edge of the field for a few minutes before resuming the game. Messi was nevertheless forced to go out at the break when the score was 2-1 for Barcelona, ​​leaving his place to the French winger Ousmane Dembélé, who also comes back from injury.

Barca doctors worked on it for a number of minutes, before the Argentine returned to the fray.

However, he laboured until the whistle and at half-time the decision was made to keep Messi off in the second period, with Ousmane Dembele replacing him.

With Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde already under-fire after a disappointing start to the campaign, there will now be questions asked over starting Messi - especially following his appearance at the Teatro alla Scala the previous evening.

Valverde confirmed post-game: "He had some discomfort in his adductor."

"We preferred not to risk him."

The Fc Barcelona scored a 2-1 win over the Yellow Submarines. Antoine Griezmann scored in the 6th minute.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the game: "Messi is troubled by the macrophages of his left leg, so we preferred to take him out. We will wait tomorrow."

The absence of Messi, winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award on Monday, would be a big loss for Ernesto Valverde if he leaves for a long time.
Not only is there no player in the Barcelona squad that can replace Messi enough, but no player on the planet can do so.

However, Barcelona have some impressive attack options to cover Leo's absence until the trio of Griezmann, Suarez Dembele, recover.

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It is also possible to rely on 16-year-old Anso Fati, to cover the absence of Messi after the start of his distinguished start this season with the escalation of the youth team.

If this physical problem were confirmed for Messi, already absent several weeks before returning last week, it would be a new blow for Barca, author of his worst start to the season in 25 years.

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