Spanish giantsBarcelona have a bad news ahead of their La Ligamatch against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames Stadium on Sunday night, as theirmegastar Lionel Messi is doubtful with an injury.
Previously, Messi had a problem with his right groin after the match against Valencia, a few days ago. He seemed to be in pain andreceived medical treatment at that time.
In the El Clasico match against Real Madrid in the midweek Copa del Rey first leg, Messi failedto play from the start. He just entered the field replacing Philippe Coutinho in the 63rd minute.
According to Marca, the decision of coach Ernesto Valverde to play Messi, which had not yet fully recovered, made his injury reappear. The player is now doubtful for this weekend.
The Argentine striker was also seen absent from the team's training session on Friday. The charisma of Messi seems to be more needed by Valverde for the Champions League, so he will likely be rested against Bilbao.
This season, Messi has played 28 matches in all competitions. Amazingly, he was able to gain 29 goals or an average of 1 goal per game, with details of 21 in La Liga, Champions League (6), and Copa del Rey (2).
Apart from Messi, Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo has been ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury.
The Brazilian will miss the Cup semi-final second leg with Real on Feb. 27 and the Champions League last-16 first leg at Olympique Lyonnais on Feb. 19.
He will also be sidelined for league games against Athletic Bilbao, Real Valladolid and Sevilla and faces a battle to be fit for the league 'Clasico' away to Real Madrid on March 2.
Other than these, left back Jordi Alba has already been ruled out of the game at Bilbao due to suspension and Ousmane Dembele has not yet recovered from an ankle injury.
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