Lionel Messi has been dominated out of Barcelona’s squad for the 2 video games towards Napoli in the US this week after injuring his calf in his first coaching session again.
Messi picked up the knock throughout coaching on Monday and won’t journey to the united stateswith the remainder of his teammates.
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“Messi withdrew from the session because of discomfort in his proper leg,” Barca stated in an announcement. “Checks carried out have identified a Grade 1 calf pressure for the Argentine.
“Messi will stay in Barcelona and can not journey to the USA for the membership’s tour. His availability to return again to motion will probably be dictated by his restoration from the harm.”
The Argentina worldwide’s participation within the Copa America meant he wasn’t cited to return to coaching till Monday. Nonetheless, whereas he did not play, he was current for Sunday’s win over Arsenal at Camp Nou.
Talking in his function as captain earlier than the sport, he advised supporters he did not remorse pledging to win the Champions League final season regardless of the humiliating loss towards Liverpool within the semifinal.
“It is tough to say something after final season,” he stated. “However I do not remorse something and I’d say the identical factor once more. I again these gamers and the teaching employees we’ve got. Collectively, we’ll combat to win every thing.
“Final season ended with a bitter style, however we’ve got to offer worth to La Liga, the eighth we’ve got received in 11 years. That is vital and possibly we do not give sufficient worth to what we’ve got finished.”
Neither Messi nor Luis Suarez had been a part of the membership’s tour to the united stateslast summer time due to their involvement on the World Cup.
Of the opposite 4 South American gamers who noticed motion in Copa America, Suarez is confirmed to journey, together with Arturo Vidal, Philippe Coutinho and Arthur Melo.
Coutinho and Vidal additionally returned to coaching on Monday, whereas new signing Junior Firpo skilled together with his new teammates for the primary time. All three will journey to the U.S., with coach Ernesto Valverde naming a full squad for the journey, Messi apart.
B crew gamers Inaki Pena, Riqui Puig, Carles Perez and Abel Ruiz have additionally been included.
Barca play Napoli on the Onerous Rock Stadium in Miami on Wednesday earlier than flying to Michigan to face the Italians once more as they step up preparations for his or her curtain-raiser towards Athletic Bilbao subsequent weekend.
The Spanish champions are additionally holding a lot of fan occasions whereas within the U.S. as they give the impression of being to get nearer to their American supporters — a market of specific curiosity to president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
A few of the first-team squad are because of seem at a “Barca Fest” which is being held at Bayfront Park in Miami on Tuesday, with artists Pedro Capo and Play N Skillz set to carry out.