LaLiga champions, Barcelona face an anxious wait over the fitness of playmaker Lionel Messi after the world’s best came off with an injury during the 2-1 home win over Villarreal on Tuesday night.
The Argentinian superstar did not make it past half-time at the Nou Camp before suffering an abductor muscle injury during the first half of the La Liga encounter.
“It’s some discomfort in the abductor and so we didn’t want to risk it, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde told reporters after the game.
Messi was making his return from a right calf injury which had kept him out of the Barcelona line-up since pre-season, but he only lasted 45 minutes.
Barcelona visit Getafe on Saturday before hosting Inter Milan in the Champions League and Valverde will want Messi available as Barcelona bid to make up for a slow start to the season.
“When something happens to [Lionel] Messi, the world stops. Not only here at Barcelona. I don’t think it is serious. We did not want to take any risk. We will see anyway. We will see tomorrow [Wednesday]. I cannot tell you anything now. He has been injured for a long time and we do not want to take any risks at the moment,”Valverde added.
A shock 2-0 defeat to Granada came before the 2-1 win over Villarreal which moved Barcelona up to fourth in the table.
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