Messi’s return delayed

Lionel Messi’s first training session of the week back with Barcelona was on the margins, after returning from international duty late.

The forward featured in Argentina’s win against Paraguay this Tuesday that settled their qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

However, a delay in his flight back to Catalonia on Wednesday saw him miss the start of the evening training with Barca.

Messi’s session was basic recovery work, as is usual for returning internationals and was the case for those who made yesterday evening’s training on time after representing the likes of Spain, Brazil, Cameroon and Chile.

Recent reports have been that Barcelona have requested that Argentina do not select Messi for October’s remaining World Cup qualifiers with Peru and Uruguay, although the player has denied knowledge of this.

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