Lionel Messi Returned To Barcelona Training And Look Ready To Go
Lionel Messi is back in training after injury kept him out of the first game of the season and the Barcelona star looks raring to go.
Barca's start to the season saw them lose 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao. Despite having 72% of possession there was something missing for the Spanish champions, and that was of course Messi.
Fortunately for Ernesto Valverde's side the five time Ballon d'Or winner is now back in training and by the looks of it he's already causing problems for his teammates.
Good to see you back with the ball, Leo pic.twitter.com/Kv38od9jma
- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 21, 2019
If that's how he's terrorising his teammates after just one training session then their opponents on Sunday, Real Betis, would have every right to be a little worried.
And Los Verdiblancos proved that they might just be with a retweet of a picture of Messi in training with the caption, "Don't hurry, Leo. You don't have to force it."
No tengas prisa, Leo :goat::raised_hand: No hace falta que fuerces :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: https://t.co/bQyEFwyZLY
- Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis) August 21, 2019
Sport report that after fully recovering from the calf injury that kept him out of all of the pre-season friendlies the Argentine could go straight into the starting XI.
However without match fitness and with only a couple of days training with the first team it is unlikely that the 32-year-old will play the full 90 minutes.
Barca certainly looked in need of their talisman on the opening day of the season as 38-year-old substitute Aritz Aduriz came on late and scored an acrobatic goal to deny the champions a point.
Coming out of the match Valverde's team have a bit of an injury crisis upfront with Luis Suarez having to be subbed off in the first half and Ousmane Dembele since picking up a hamstring injury.
They do still have summer signing Antoine Griezmann available against Betis but will be hoping Messi hits the ground running on his return.
Barca continue to be linked with an approach for Neymar but are yet to agree a deal for the Brazilian forward.