Advertisement
Monday, Sep 27, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Lionel Messi's Argentina Recall Not A Blow To Barcelona, Insists Ernesto Valverde

Lionel Messi returned to Argentina's squad on Thursday, though Ernesto Valverde refused to call it a setback to Barcelona

Lionel Messi's Argentina Recall Not A Blow To Barcelona, Insists Ernesto Valverde
Messi has suffered with injury problems this term, leading to some suggesting his return to the Argentina set-up could be a negative development for Barcelona. | File Photo
Lionel Messi's Argentina Recall Not A Blow To Barcelona, Insists Ernesto Valverde
outlookindia.com
2019-11-01T23:54:18+05:30

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde does not see Lionel Messi's recall to the Argentina national team as a setback to the LaLiga giants.

Messi was banned and fined $50,000 by CONMEBOL in August for accusing the governing body of corruption in the wake of Argentina's Copa America semi-final defeat to hosts Brazil.

The Barca talisman has missed Argentina's past four matches – all friendlies – as a result, but he was named in their latest squad on Thursday for upcoming matches against Brazil and Uruguay.

Those games will be played this month in Saudi Arabia and Israel, respectively.

Messi has suffered with injury problems this term, leading to some suggesting his return to the Argentina set-up could be a negative development for Barcelona.

Although Valverde's tone seemed to a suggest a hint of frustration, he refused to outright call Messi's call-up a problem.

"Look, we know that if Messi is active, there's a good chance he gets called up to the national team," Valverde told reporters on Friday.

"He hasn't been [in the Argentina squad] because of suspension, but now that's over it's normal for him to be back for Argentina.

"It's something we accept, he accepts. I don't think it's a setback as such."

Defender Samuel Umtiti has endured a wretched time with injuries over the past 18 months, playing just 15 LaLiga matches since the start of last season.

His solitary outing this term against Eibar last month was followed by another knee injury, though Valverde hinted he could potentially feature at Levante on Saturday.

"Let's see how he does in training today [Friday]," Valverde said. "He's had fitness issues hanging over from last year, that's why he's not playing regularly.

"Hopefully we can get this sorted once and for all so he can play more regularly, but the other thing is competition for places. Lenglet is playing very well.

"He [Lenglet] is an absolutely reliable player, very professional in what he does. He's really settling into his position.

"Shortly after arriving last season, he covered extremely well for Samuel and the French team is also aware of how well he is playing."

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Bharat Bandh: Farmers Happy With 'Good Start' To Nationwide Strike Call

Bharat Bandh: Farmers Happy With 'Good Start' To Nationwide Strike Call

Reports from states claim farmers have blocked highways at various places, while traders in many small towns and cities have kept the shops closed in support.

'Stop Distortion Of Rajput History': King Mihir Bhoj’s Descendent To Modi Govt

'Stop Distortion Of Rajput History': King Mihir Bhoj’s Descendent To Modi Govt

Kunwar Arunoday Singh Parihar, prince of Madhya Pradesh's Nagod estate, has raised objections to the Gujjar community's recent claims of having descended from King Bhoj.

‘Sports NFTs Are A Movement, Not Just A Meme’

‘Sports NFTs Are A Movement, Not Just A Meme’

The sports NFT market is brand new with tremendous potential and is growing fast, says Sidarttha Bezbora.

Video Of Punjab CM Channi Stopping His Car To Wish Newly Wed Couple Goes Viral

Video Of Punjab CM Channi Stopping His Car To Wish Newly Wed Couple Goes Viral

After shaking a leg with students, new Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi went viral on Sunday for stopping his car to wish a newly wed couple in Bathinda.

Advertisement