Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was named within the team’s squad to face Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final initial leg when ill from a light-weight calf drawback.
Messi goes away alarm bells when sustaining a knock to his calf throughout Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw with Valencia, during which he scored double, though he was able to end the sport when being treated.
Barca failed to unharness a written report on Messi’s condition and though the Argentine lost Monday’s coaching, he completed a session someday before the sport. The forward was then enclosed within the squad proclaimed at 1900 UT1 on a weekday.
Speaking before naming his team, port coach Ernesto Valverde same he did not need to require any risks with the club’s incomparable high scorer.
“The most significant factor is whether or not the player tells you he’s prepared or not. despite what tests say, if the player does not suppose he is prepared, you’ve got to go away him out,” Valverde same.
“I’m not in favor of taking risks with such a big amount of games developing, if the season finished tomorrow, it might be another matter. once there’s a risk of injury, players play with the handbrake on and tomorrow’s game isn’t one wherever you wish to try and do that.”
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari same he hoped Messi contend for the great of the sport – however, he more than the Argentine’s presence wouldn’t have an effect on his match preparation.
“It’s invariably sensible once the most effective players get to play each game, however, whether or not or not he plays won’t influence the method we have a tendency to inure the sport the least bit,” Solari same.
Messi was out with a broken arm the last time Spain’s 2 biggest clubs met, back in Oct. however Barca barely lost their good luck charm, thrashing Real 5-1 in what tested to be Julen Lopetegui’s last game as manager before Solari took over.
Real area unit third within the La Liga standings, however, cut their gap behind leaders Barca to eight points when beating Alaves on Sunday.
They will be wanting to finish Barcelona’s run of 4 consecutive Copa del Rey triumphs and reach the ultimate of the competition for the primary time since 2014 once they beat the Catalans 2-1