LaLiga: Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns to training after recovering from calf injury, could be fit to play against Real Betis

Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a timely boost on Wednesday by returning to training with the rest of the squad after a calf injury.

Agence France-Presse August 22, 2019 08:45:39 IST
LaLiga: Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns to training after recovering from calf injury, could be fit to play against Real Betis
  • Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a timely boost on Wednesday by returning to training with the rest of the squad after a calf injury.

  • Messi strained his calf on 5 August in his first training session back following the Copa America and subsequently missed the club's pre-season.

  • Messi's absence has been compounded by injuries to other strikers.

Madrid: Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a timely boost on Wednesday by returning to training with the rest of the squad after a calf injury.

Messi trained alone in the morning before joining his team-mates in the afternoon, increasing hopes that Barca's captain could play a role against Real Betis in LaLiga on Sunday.

He strained his calf on 5 August in his first training session back following the Copa America and subsequently missed the club's pre-season.

It would be a surprise if Messi started at Camp Nou, but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be eager to have his star available again, particularly after his team suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao in their opening league game last weekend.

Messi's absence has been compounded by injuries to other strikers.

Luis Suarez is expected to be out for around a month after hobbling off with a calf problem against Bilbao. Ousmane Dembele injured his hamstring and will need five weeks to recover.

Antoine Griezmann, the 120 million summer signing from Atletico Madrid, is the only fully-fit forward, with Rafinha and 21-year-old Carles Perez possible options to play behind him.

The shortage upfront has intensified speculation that Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar could return to Barcelona before the transfer window closes in Spain on 2 September.

PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted earlier this month that the club were in "advanced negotiations" to sell Neymar but a deal is yet to be agreed with Barca, who have already spent around 250 million euros this summer.

Updated Date:

also read

LaLiga: Espanyol beat Real Madrid in match Carlo Ancelotti brands their 'worst game of season'
Sports

LaLiga: Espanyol beat Real Madrid in match Carlo Ancelotti brands their 'worst game of season'

Espanyol had won just once in seven games this season but they hung on grimly in five minutes of added time to take all three points.

LaLiga: Ansu Fati inspires Barcelona to win over Valencia in start of crunch week
Sports

LaLiga: Ansu Fati inspires Barcelona to win over Valencia in start of crunch week

With Ansu, Barcelona have hope, the 18-year-old, who wears the number 10 shirt previously belonging to Lionel Messi, now the symbol of what the club are promoting as the 'Dream Teen', and optimism for an exciting future.

'No mismanagement, we didn't leave a poor legacy,' insists ex-Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu
Sports

'No mismanagement, we didn't leave a poor legacy,' insists ex-Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu

Josep Bartomeu said that most of the club’s financial woes had been caused by the impact of the pandemic, which closed down Camp Nou for more than a year and reduced other sources of revenue.