Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona expect update on Friday
Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona are set to learn on Friday if Lionel Messi will be back in time for the return PSG clash next week
Barcelona are set to discover on Friday if forward Lionel Messi will be back in time for the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi limped off at half-time of the first leg in Paris with a hamstring injury, and is now in a race against time to return to fitness for the return leg at the Camp Nou on 10 April.
The Argentina international is continuing with physiotherapy sessions at the Ciutat Esportiva, the Catalan outfit’s training complex, while the club’s medical staff carry out tests on the injury to ascertain the extent to which the player is responding to treatment.
Initial reports suggested that Messi faced three weeks on the sidelines. However, Barça are now hopeful of the star returning to action in time to face the French club.
Friday is expected to be a key date in determining the speed of his recovery, but an official announcement on his involvement is not anticipated until hours before the game.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Messi’s compatriot Javier Mascherano suffered torn knee ligaments in the draw at the Parc des Princes, and is set to spend the next six weeks out of action.
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