Bad news for Barcelona fans ahead of first La Liga game

Barcelona continue their preparations for their opening match of LaLiga 19/20, this Friday in San Mamés against Athletic. The bad news for them: Leo Messi didn’t take part in their final training session before the trip to Bilbao and is almost certain not to play.


Barcelona coach Ernesto was asked about Messi’s absence in his press conference, replying:
“We’re not going to take risks with players and certainly not with him. He’s not trained with the team since they came back and it’s different to train in isolation. We’ll wait a little to see how his recovery goes, it’s going well I understand, but we have to wait and see”.
The Argentinean suffered a calf injury back on 5 August, the same day he joined up with the team after his holidays, with the problem meaning he missed going on Barcelona’s pre-season tour.