Barcelona are expected to endure another fixture without talisman Lionel Messi. With the Argentine to continue rehabilitation, with Borussia Dortmund in sight.
The 32-year-old has been sidelined since the beginning of the season with foot injury. And so has been unable to build on his spectacular performance from last season.
Barça have so far, had to deal with the loss of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele who all picked up knocks. Coupled with the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich.
Ernesto Valverde will have to deal another weekend without the Argentine. With reports, the medical team aren’t entirely convinced of the player’s status, and won’t run the risk of letting him feature against Valencia in the weekend.
Lionel Messi could return in Barça’s Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund, but is still not expected to start. The Argentine could however make his season’s first start against Granada on September 21.
In Messi’s absence, Barcelona have struggled to keep up with the rest of the pack. Losing on opening day against Athletic Bilbao, despite having the services of summer signing Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona 2019/2020 fixture results
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis
Osasuna 2-2 Barcelona
Surely, Lionel Messi would be itching to return to action as soon as possible, and boost his side’s odds of winning more major trophies this year. With the Argentine definitely looking to bite back, after missing out on a Best FIFA men’s award to Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.