Lionel Messi Reportedly Ruled out of Barcelona's Clash with Valencia

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 25: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander  match between FC Barcelona v Real Betis Sevilla at the Camp Nou on August 25, 2019 in Barcelona Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi will reportedly miss Barcelona's match with Valencia on Saturday as he continues to recover from a calf injury. 

According to Sport's Javier Giraldo, Messi is not yet back in full training and is still feeling discomfort from the strain, which he suffered on August 5 on his first day of pre-season.

As Grup 14's Rafael Hernandez noted, the Argentinian was expected to be back by now:

Per Giraldo, the strain was said to be "minor," but his return has been delayed by the ongoing discomfort.

The 32-year-old is yet to feature for the Blaugrana this season, and his absence has been felt, which it was at times last season:

Barca haven't been helped by the fact Luis Suarez has also been out with a calf injury since he limped out of their opening game, which they lost 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao.

He is said to be nearing a return, but the club are yet to confirm whether he'll be able to feature against Los Che, per Giraldo.

On August 20, Ousmane Dembele was also ruled out for five weeks with a hamstring injury, so he too looks set for a place on the sidelines on Saturday.

Barca will be relying on summer signing Antoine Griezmann to get them through against Valencia, and they'll hope to field a stronger team on Tuesday when they face Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League.

The Catalan giants have a tough group that also contains Inter Milan and Slavia Prague, so getting off to a good start is vital; having Messi and Co. back would be a significant boost.

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