Lionel Messi could miss Barcelona‘s LaLiga return after reportedly picking up an adductor injury which caused him to miss training on Wednesday. According to Spain-based television channel Esport3, Messi suffered sharp pains on his right leg at the end of Tuesday’s session and underwent an MRI scan to determine the cause.
Esport3 report that Messi could have suffered a microtear, which would leave him right at the edge of making the first game back, against Mallorca at Son Moix, as the recovery period from such injuries is usually around 10 days.
Messi didn’t train today due to muscle problems in his adductor. The Argentine underwent an MRI test yesterday to find out the exact extent of the injury that makes him doubtful for the game against Real Mallorca. [cat radio] pic.twitter.com/iuJD1XqCbG
— barcacentre (from ?) (@barcacentre) June 3, 2020
The Nou Camp talisman had scored 19 goals and created 12 more before the coronavirus pandemic brought an early end to the campaign.
According to media reports in Spain, Messi worked alone in the gym and away from his team-mates.
However, the situation was reportedly played down by club sources, with Barcelona suggesting Messi had always been scheduled for gym work for the session.
Messi’s absence from Wednesday’s session was not as a precaution to prevent him from straining his calf muscle, which was the official word from the club, but because of a more serious injury which they have been trying to play down.
Barcelona will return to training on Friday, where it is likely that the confusion surrounding Messi’s potential dilemma will be clarified. Quique Setien’s men hold a slender two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the table, and have been forced to wait three months before renewing their title defence.