Messi recovery slower than expected

Barcelona face Osasuna on Saturday which Lionel Messi will miss due to his calf injury.

The Argentine has returned to training individually with the team’s fitness coach and he is expected to return to action after the international break.

Ernesto Valverde won’t rush Messi’s return to the starting line-up, as his captain’s recovery has been slower than expected.

At first there were reports of an injury setback, but the club have categorically denied that, confirming that they just want to be cautious with their superstar.

Following their trip to Estadio El Sadar, Barcelona play their next LaLiga Santander game against Valencia on September 14.