Barcelona head coach confirms Lionel Messi will return to La Liga


Despite rumors of an apparent injury, Lionel Messi is set to return to La Liga. The information was given by none other than the Barcelona head coach, Quique Setien.

On Monday, Messi returns to group practice amid rumors of him injuring his quadriceps. The Argentinian striker appears to be in good shape as the club prepares to resume its season.

Word around the community claims that the superstar striker’s health circulated during the COVID-19 lockdown. On a different note, while on quarantine, many players resorted to individual training since almost all facilities were closed.

Messi’s health status and injury

The Spanish La Liga is set to resume on Thursday after a three-month lockdown because of the coronavirus. Barcelona is scheduled to face Mallorca on Saturday as the club hangs on to its number spot on the table.

In a statement Barcelona coach Setien has this to say:

“He’s doing very well, but we have to avoid putting him at risk. Any [injury] problem makes you miss three to four matches, which would be very damaging.”

Regarding his health, Barcelona’s coach claim that Messi can play for the rest of the season. As the top superstar of the club, he is expected to have a pivotal role in the club’s race to the top.

Following a long isolation period, Messi and the rest of the club return to the training ground last month. Apart from Barcelona’s head coach, some of the superstar’s teammates have also confirmed his health status.

Barcelona’s run for the title

With the La Liga set to resume its season this week, so does Barcelona’s crusade to remain on top. The club is currently on the top of the table with 58 points. Right on its trail is rival Real Madrid with 56 points.

Only 11 games remain and Barcelona is favored to win the domestic title. If the club succeeds, it will be its third successive title.

Aside from the domestic title, Barcelona is also setting its eye to a grander title, the Champions League. Before the lockdown, the club has an undefeated run at the Champions League with a total of 14 points.

The club was supposed to face the Italian club Napoli on March 19 but it was postponed due to the lockdown. The rumors concerning Messi’s health were all debunked. For avid followers, Messi is all set to return once the season begins.

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