NEWS
Tuesday September 24 2019
Ernesto Valverde dampens Lionel Messi injury fears

FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has eased fears that club captain Lionel Messi has suffered a serious injury.

Messi started against Villarreal CF, in his first start of the 2019-20 season, after struggling with a calf problem during pre-season.

The Argentina international came off at half time against Javi Calleja's side, with a hamstring injury, however Valverde has confirmed his substitution was a precaution.

"Of course when Messi gets injured, everyone takes notice.

"However it does not look like a serious injury.

"He has suffered an adductor strain, but he was only taken off as a precaution."

Valverde also confirmed that Messi will be fully assessed by the club's medical staff, but he is expected to be fit for their La Liga clash away at Getafe.

Football Italia website