Lionel Messi has dealt with injury after injury for what seems like two years now. Last year was not the best for the Argentine, but now he finally appears to be healthy again.
Many have questioned why Messi has had to deal with all of these injuries, and blame can be placed in several places. However, Barcelona have to step up and make sure these injuries do not happen again.
This really is Barcelona's last chance to do things right and ensure that its prized possession does not face any more time off as he did last year.
Now that Messi has returned he will be looking to immediately jump back into things. Last year when he would be given the medical green light, he would pick up right where he left off, but that can't happen.
Getting the medical green light does not mean a player is back to who they were before an injury. It means that they have simply been cleared to play in a game.
Barcelona and Tata Martino have to handle this situation very carefully. They cannot allow Messi to jump right back into things, but at the same time, they cannot force him to sit on the bench for too long.
The best move would be to allow Messi to play few minutes at first and slowly increase his playing time throughout January. This way, he would be eased back into things by February and would have a much lower risk of aggravating his thigh.
All in all, this is a very trying time for Barcelona. At this point in the season, La Blaugrana cannot afford to lose Messi again. The club must make sure to be cautious during this time and do what is best for his health.
Messi cannot be allowed to just jump back into action; Martino now has some important decisions to make.
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