No Martino-Messi meeting

Tata Martino will not meet with Lionel Messi before the player’s return to training in Barcelona, report Sport.

It was originally believed this week that the Argentines would meet before the player’s scheduled return to training with the Catalans on January 2, for the Coach to personally assess his continued recovery from a torn hamstring injury.

However, Sport now report that Messi’s recovery from the tear, which was suffered in November, remains on track and so the originally planned meeting has been deemed unnecessary.

Barca physio Elvio Paolorosso has been working through recent days in Argentina with Messi on his conditioning ahead of the new year and he is understood to have kept Martino up to date on the 26-year-old’s levels.

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