Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has admitted that Lionel Messi could miss their LaLiga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Messi picked up an injury on the first day following his return to Barcelona's training after the COPA America and has since missed the two fixtures the Catalans played against Napoli in the United States, both of them ending in wins. The most recent resulting in an emphatic 4-0 win after Napoli made several half-time substitutions.
Speaking in a press conference after the win over Napoli, Valverde provided an injury update on Messi, "He's in the recovery process and I don't know if he will be ready for the start of La Liga. It's looking difficult." The defending La Liga champions face two tricky opponents as Friday's trip to face Athletic Bilbao will be followed by a clash with Real Betis.