La Liga: Lionel Messi Returns For Barcelona
Fans who have been anxious to see Lionel Messi do what he knows how to do best again can breathe a sigh of relief as the Argentine star is now good to go for Barcelona.
Messi is in the line to play against Real Betis on Sunday in the La Liga.
The Barcelona captain has gotten the all-clear from doctors to play three weeks after breaking his arm.
Messi has been training in the last week and travelled with the team to Tuesday’s Champions League game against Inter Milan but did not make the bench for the 1-1 draw.
Barca’s record scorer was injured against Sevilla last month but the Catalans have fared well in his absence, beating Inter at home, thrashing Real Madrid 5-1 and defeating Rayo Vallecano in La Liga and edging Cultural Leonesa 1-0 in the Copa del Rey.
Coach Ernesto Valverde did not want to declare whether Messi was fit enough to play for 90 minutes against Betis but said the Argentine was no longer worried about relapsing.
“We’ll see tomorrow but he has lost the fear of falling over, of supporting himself, of clashing with opponents,” Valverde told a news conference.
“That’s the main thing, because these types of injuries limit you in those aspects. He is in good shape, certainly.”
Barcelona’s France defender Samuel Umtiti has also returned to the squad after over six weeks out with a knee problem.
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