Messi under injury cloud ahead of Copa Clasico

04 February, 2019, 14:56 | Author: Amy Huff
  • LaLiga match report FC Barcelona v Valencia 02 February 2019

Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele are in doubt for Wednesday's Copa del Rey game against Real Madrid due to injuries and the Barcelona medical staff are expected to reassess their progress on Monday.

Valencia, who hit the woodwork in the second minute, went ahead in the 24th with a well-taken finish from French forward Kevin Gameiro and doubled their lead with a powerful penalty from Dani Parejo in the 32nd.

It took his tally to 11 in the last nine matches in all competitions.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is hopeful that it's nothing too serious and is optimistic that Messi will be available to face Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg. "We hope he can recover, just like the others".

Messi's absence at the Camp Nou would be a blow to Barcelona, particularly with the Argentinian in such blistering form.

"I don't know exactly what he has", the Barca boss said in his post-match press conference after the Valencia draw.

The validity of Parejo's challenge on Messi on the edge of the Valencia penalty area was debatable but the speed in which the ball was transferred from back to front was nearly instantaneous.

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"He is bothered by something but we will have to wait to see what the doctors say", Valverde said.

Jordi Alba replaced Nelson Semedo at the break as Barcelona upped their game at the start of the second stanza.

Messi goal vs Valencia: Lionel Messi pulled things at level on the 64th minute with a brilliant strike.

Although Messi returned to the pitch minutes later, he looked to be in some discomfort, but Valverde is not fearing the worst, suggesting that the player could still be available for Wednesday's crucial first-leg semi-final tie against rivals Los Blancos.

MESSI added a second one in the second half, a goal which only he can make look easy.

Fourth-placed Sevilla have won only one of their past six league games.

Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to deal its northern Basque Country rival its first defeat since the arrival of coach Gaizka Garitano.

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