Lionel Messi is highly unlikely to play any part in Barcelona’s preseason US tour after straining a calf muscle in training.
The Argentine is expected to be out for a short period of time after sustaining a grade one strain to his right calf muscle in his first session back with the Blaugranas after his post-Copa America holiday.
Although the Laliga champions haven’t put a timeframe on his recovery, the Argentine talisman doesn’t think he will be sidelined due to injury for so long.
“I was looking forward to starting and unfortunately I had an accident in the first training session that will leave me out for a little while,” Messi wrote via his Instagram account.
“I’m grateful for all your messages and displays of affection, I wanted to be with the team and with the people who follow us in the USA.
“It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll see each other again soon. A hug to everyone.”
The Spanish giants are poised to lock horns with Napoli in Miami and Ann Arbor this week in the final stretch of their pre-season duties.
Barcelona get their Laliga action underway on August 16 against Atletic Bilbao.
Messi has vowed that Barcelona will be strong contenders for titles on all fronts in the 2019/2020 campaign as it is the desire of every Barcelona fan home and abroad that the club chase down all major honours this term including landing the UEFA Champions League trophy.
Messi said a year ago that the Champions League was the utmost priority of Ernesto Valverde’s side and has shown no regrets making that statement and has once again emphasized that silverware is a must once more.
The Argentine made this known before his side’s pre season friendly against Arsenal.
“It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything.
“But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was.
“This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!”