Just when Lionel Messi got back to action with FC Barcelona, the Argentinean superstar suffered yet another injury that will keep him in the shelf for some time.
Messi had missed the start of the season with an injury and, while it didn’t look serious at first, it was clear that he wasn’t back at full strength when Ernesto Valverde sent him back out there.
And now, the Spanish coach’s words about Messi’s health were far from encouraging, as there’s no clear timetable for his return, even though he claimed the injury isn’t serious:
“I don’t know how long he will be out. We hope he will be with the team soon. It is not serious, it is a small strain and we will see next week how everything goes. “If he is (playing) we have strengths and if he does not then we lack an absolutely decisive player. But we have resources to manage. It is a setback but we must continue,” Valverde told the media, as quoted by Sport.
Moreover, Barcelona has another trouble on its hands right now, as Arturo Vidal isn’t happy with the lack of playing time and there have been some rumors claiming he’d like to get out of the club. Valverde, however, didn’t want to get into details:
“I do not know what will happen because I do not know what will happen in the future. He is participating and there are many people in the center of midfield and everyone knew this. I have not found the formula to play with 11 midfielders, it is impossible for me,” Valverde concluded.
Newcomer Frenkie de Jong has played pretty well to start his stint at Camp Nou and Vidal is finding it more difficult to establish himself as a consistent starter for Valverde, so there will definitely be more to come on this story.