Lionel Messi remains a doubt for Barcelona’s La Liga trip to Sevilla on Saturday after he joined training but was unable to play a full part in the session.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde suggested that Messi could be a doubt for Saturday’s La Liga game at Sevilla while adding that the Argentine star would require a fitness test on his return from international duty.
The Catalan club had also since confirmed in a statement that Messi trained on Thursday, but only for part of the session.
“The session took place on the Tito Vilanova pitch, with Leo Messi working with the group for part of the session and Barca B’s [Carles] Alena making up the numbers,” the club said.
In the past week, Messi had missed both of Argentina’s friendlies during the international break due to a minor hamstring issue.
While the nation fared well against Italy in a 2-0 victory on Friday, a match up against fellow World Cup hopefuls Spain in Madrid on Tuesday resulted in humiliating 6-1 loss.
It is an entirely different story for Messi on club level, however, as FC Barcelona holds an 11 point edge on Atletico Madrid in the La Liga table heading into Saturday’s match and a very busy two weeks upcoming, the team may play it safe with their talisman.
Still, they face a challenging series of fixtures after the visit to Sevilla, Barca return home to face Roma in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie Wednesday. That is followed by a match against Leganes on Saturday at the Camp Nou and then the second leg of the tie with Roma on the next Tuesday.