Saturday night could possibly be Lionel Messi’s return date as he goes back to Barcelona training after seven weeks following his knee injury. Barcelona are currently preparing for the season’s first ‘El Clasico’ against Real Madrid on Saturday at Bernabeu in Madrid.
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.
The Argentinian captain missed the World Cup qualifying match against arch rivals Brazil last Saturday which ended in 1-1 draw. Messi has been ruled out for Argentina’s match against Columbia on Tuesday, as per BBC reports.
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.
“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 has left Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr. to take up the responsibility for Catalonian attack. Neymar and Suarez have scored 11 and nine goals respectively in 11 league games. They have done excellent upfront, especially Neymar who was praised for his phenomenal display of skills.
However, Argentina’s team doctor Homero de Agostino has said “Messi runs the risk of a recurrence of the injury if he makes his comeback.”
Barcelona are now top of the La Liga Table with three points clear of Real Madrid and four points ahead of Atletico Madrid, as per official reports.