Quique Setien confident Messi will play in La Liga return

FC Barcelona boss Quique Setien has expressed his confidence in Lionel Messi’s fitness ahead of the team’s trip to Real Mallorca this weekend. The Argentinian forward missed several training sessions this week and has been working on an individual training programme in the club’s gym facilities.

Due to his absence, fears had been there that the forward would miss Barcelona’s first game since the league was postponed due to the coronacrisis pandemic. Setien, however, is confident Messi will feature. “We never doubted that Messi would not be available for the Mallorca game,” Setien explained to Cadena COPE.

“There was a minor issue but he is fine, it is normal after you have a long break and not training was just a precaution. At this stage you cannot take any risks with players as it could mean they then miss several weeks, and we cannot afford that with just 11 games left.”

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