Messi a concern for Barca

Lionel Messi is Barcelona’s main injury doubt for the La Liga opener with Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

The Argentine picked up a slight injury in training on the club’s pre-season tour to the Far East, which was later identified as a thigh strain, and the Catalans have issued a statement saying he has performed rehabilitation work with his physiotherapist.

Barca are set for a busy start to the new campaign, with three League games and two Supercopa de Espana matches in the first two weeks, and boss Tata Martino will be reluctant to take any risks with his star striker, who will not be rushed back until he is fully fit.


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