squad | 2015-11-10
Messi could be ready for El Clásico
Reports in Spain that the player won't be rushed, but might recover in time
According to the Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo, Leo Messi could be fit in time for the first Clásico of the season. The dressing room hasn’t put any pressure on him, the coaches know that the most important thing is for him to perfectly recover from his injury (a tear in the internal collateral ligament of his left knee), but he wants to play and will try to as long as there’s a chance for him to feature at the Bernabéu.
Leo was yesterday at the Training Center, where he returned after having been working at home the last week with two Argentinean physiotherapists, Luis Garcia and Marcelo d’Andrea. According to sources from inside the club Messi was already seen running and even playing with a ball. It’s a normal evolution if we keep in mind the fact that he got injured some six weeks ago, in a league game against Las Palmas and that at the time the club said that he will be out for 7 or 8 weeks.
Now comes the final part of the recovery, the one in which he has to act as a football player again, with everything that entails. Playing with the ball, running with the ball, sprints, jumps… Later he will join the group and will play training games with his teammates.
In any case, the message that is being repeated from the blaugrana dressing room over and over again is that there is no rush with Messi, that he won’t be pushed, that if there’s a risk of a relapse he will be held back… but that, as of today, he isn’t ruled out of the Clásico.
Speaking at a the Catalan Football Stars Gala, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu also spoke along these lines: "Leo’s recovery is going along the expected timeframe, but we have no intention to force anything. If he is ready to play in the game, sensational, but if he is not, we have a lot of talent to beat them."
"It is a game which you are excited about, and we are ready to play it and win it," he added. "We hope all the players return OK from their national team duty."
According to the same Mundo Deportivo report, another thing that has Messi very motivated in regards to playing the Clásico is the great moment of form through which his forward partners are going. This has allowed Leo to recover without any pressure because he saw that the team kept winning without him, but now it’s giving him an “itch” to play. Meaning that he wants to get back to enjoying games on the pitch with his friends Neymar and Suárez. Last Sunday, Messi went down to the dressing room after the game and congratulated his teammates for the win and Neymar especially for his superb second goal.
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WRITTEN BY: Diana Uzum
Barcelona fan since the days of Kluivert and Rivaldo. Been here for the good, the bad and the ugly.