Messi could miss weekend's match
Messi could miss weekend's match
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Messi could miss weekend's match

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has hinted that he could rest superstar Lionel Messi when his side takes on bottom side Huesca on Saturday

Messi was given the all-clear after scans following a collision with Manchester United’s Chris Smalling in the Champions League on Wednesday that left him bruised and bloodied.

“It is possible that Messi will be rested. The blow was strong as if a train passes over you. I spoke with him and it is a possibility," said Valverde.

“Circumstances are what they are,” he said. “There may be changes tomorrow but we do not forget that we have 10 points left to be champions. No matter how much we think it is won, it is not, far from it.

“The intention of the changes is to strengthen us and be competitive. It’s a risk, and it will also be a risk that they play on Tuesday. There are inactive players who have to play.”

Huesca lost 8-2 when the teams met at the Nou Camp earlier in the season and sit six points adrift of safety but have improved through the campaign.

See: Smalling on Messi's challenge that left Argentine bloodied

 

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