Barcelona could yet feature in another El Clasico tie without iconic star, Lionel Messi, after the multiple Balon d’Or winner sustained a leg injury at the weekend.
A broken arm suffered earlier in the season ruled the Argentine out of Barcelona’s 5-1 league thrashing of Real Madrid in October, and with Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final clash with Real Madrid looming, he again remains a major doubt for the Catalan club.
Messi picked up the injury to his right leg in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in La Liga while he and Valencia defender, Antonio Lato challenged for the ball in the second-half
Although Barcelona had not yet given full details about Messi’s condition, reports indicate the injury wasn’t serious enough to keep him out of the game at the Nou Camp.
However, Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde remained shy over the Argentine’s chances of playing in the crucial cup game.
He said: ‘We will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he’s in good shape, he’ll play on Wednesday [against Madrid].
Messi is currently Barcelona and La Liga’s leading scorer with 21 goals in 22 matches.