Barcelona Manager Luis Enrique was still unsure about Lionel Messi taking the field against arch rivals Real Madrid on Nov. 21 for El Clasico. Enrique didn’t jump to any conclusions and his statements were evasive following the post match win 3-0 win against Villareal.
According to ESPN sources, the 28-year-old Argentinian forward, Messi, was ruled out for seven to eight weeks on Sept. 26 after tearing the internal collateral ligament of his left knee just moments into the game in the 2-1 win against La Palmas.
“Messi is neither ruled out nor certain to play,” said Luis Enrique of the star forward’s knee injury progress as per Futbol .
“He is still in the recovery process. It is going well. There are two weeks left. We will get Messi back, but either before or after that game. The only thing we are concerned about, since Leo was injured, was for him to recover well. We are infinitely stronger with Messi.”
Messi’s absence from the side had left Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr. to take up the responsibility for Catalonian attack. They have done excellent upfront, especially Neymar who was praised for his phenomenal display of skills.
When asked if Neymar could be considered as the second best player in the world only behind Messi, Enrique said, “I will leave that for you guys,” Luis Enrique said. “I am delighted to have Neymar, Leo, [Sergio] Busquets, Andres [Iniesta], Luis [Suarez]. I am privileged, they are unique players committed to the collective cause.”
“It is not for me to say if this is our best moment of the season, but we are getting better,” Luis Enrique said. “I hope and wish that we can get a lot better, but we allowed Villarreal to create few chances, which means we did well. In both aspects of play [attack and defense] we did well.”
Fans would love to see Messi coming back to field on Nov. 21 and that too for El Clasico.