Barca won’t risk Messi vs. Athletic – Valverde

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Lionel Messi ensures Barcelona fans the club will fight for every trophy in 2019-20 after only winning La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup in 2018-19.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi will not be risked for the Spanish champions’ La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Messi injured his calf in training last week and missed Barca’s tour of the United States. He has not featured in any of the club’s five preseason friendlies and hasn’t played competitively since the Copa America.
The Argentine forward is doing recovery work but has not yet trained with his teammates and will not be unnecessarily rushed back at San Mames.
“We don’t take risks with any players, so especially not with Leo,” Valverde said in a news conference on Thursday.

“He’s still not trained with the team and doing recovery work is not the same as working with the team. We’re going to

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