By CAPosts 13 January, 2021 - 11:02am 32 views
Lionel Messi has not trained this morning with the rest of his teammates and is practically ruled out for tonight's game against Real Sociedad in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup in Córdoba . Last Saturday, in the Granada field, Ronald Koeman warned about possible muscle discomfort from Messi. In any case, the Dutch coach did not give too many details. In the 65th minute, the Argentine left his place to Braithwaite. De Jong was also replaced by Pjanic. “We had several players with discomfort, we were able to change Leo. Also to De Jong. We had had the problem with Araújo (he was injured in the warm-up) and we didn't want to risk it. We have been able to reserve players with a favorable result, ”Koeman explained after the match at the New Los Cármenes Stadium.
Messi, however, trained on Monday at the Joan Gamper Sports City. On Tuesday, Barcelona worked in Córdoba. Koeman spoke before training, at the press conference before the game against Real. “There were several players with discomfort the other day, like Messi, and also De Jong and Dest. All are available tomorrow, also Araújo, although we will have to see the training, "said the Barça coach. But in training this morning the Argentine was the only Barça player who did not participate in training.
Of the 24 games Koeman's team has played this season, Messi has missed three. On the 10th he was not summoned to the two of the three trips in the group stage of the Champions League (Kiev and Budapest), when Barcelona was already practically classified. The Barça captain was also absent in the duel against Eibar at the Camp Nou. Messi went to Argentina to celebrate the festivities after the game against Valladolid. At Barça they assured that on the 10th he would be back with the rest of his teammates on December 26. However, he stayed in his country. “The first team player Lionel Messi is completing the treatment of his right ankle. The player is expected to return to training after the Barcelona-Eibar match, ”explained the Barça club. Messi returned to Spain on December 29 and that same night he was in the stands to watch the match against the Basque team.
Messi, whose contract with Barcelona expires on June 30 and is free to negotiate a new link with another club Since January 1, he has revitalized his football since returning from his vacation in Argentina. In Barcelona's last three games, the 10th has scored four goals and provided an assist. The Rosario is already the leader of the scorers' table in LaLiga (11). Before receiving PSG, in the Champions League round of 16 match on February 16, Barcelona has five games on the agenda: Cornellà, in the Cup; and Elche, Athletic, Betis and Alavés; in the league. And in Barcelona they do not want to risk with the captain.