Messi to be assessed by Barca after knock

Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that Lionel Messi will be assessed by Barcelona’s medical staff after taking a knock in the 2-2 draw against Valencia.

Barca trailed to goals from Kevin Gameiro and Daniel Parejo until Messi intervened, scoring twice to earn the champions a point at Camp Nou. But Messi appeared to suffer with a thigh issue in the second half, receiving treatment on the touchline before returning to the action as Valencia held on. There was obvious concern for the Barca captain with a Copa del Rey Clasico against Real Madrid just four days away, but Valverde will wait for answers ahead of tests. “[Messi] has a small problem,” Valverde said. “I don’t know exactly what he has. “We will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he’s in good shape, he’ll play on Wednesday [against Madrid].” Meanwhile, midfielder Ivan Rakitic was impressed with the way Barca responded to the two-goal deficit, although he was left frustrated that they could only claim one point. “We had a great desire to turn it around,” Rakitic said. “In the second half, we were far superior. It was like we were playing handball. We were just missing a goal.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.