Lionel Messi doubtful for Barcelona's 4th straight La Liga clash against Valencia

Lionel Messi doubtful for Barcelona's 4th straight La Liga clash against Valencia

- Lionel Messi might miss Barcelona's fourth straight game this weekend

- The La Liga champions battle Valencia for their second win of the season at Camp Nou

- Messi is yet to feature for Barca since this season started last month

Barcelona may be without their captain Lionel Messi when they battle Valencia this weekend as the Argentine's calf injury is taking longer than expected to heal.

The 32-year-old has not featured for the Catalans since the new season kicked off last month, having picked up calf injury while representing his country at the 2019 Copa America in Brazil.

Messi was meant to feature for his side in their La Liga clash against Real Betis at the Camp Nou but his injury relapsed - and it is unsure when he will be fit to play his first game this campaign.

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The attacker scored 36 goals in 34 matches and assisted 13 others in the 2018-19 season which helped him the Pichinchi award.

According to Daily Mail, some quarters at the Catalan club believes Messi wil be ready for selection when they battle Valencia for their second win of the season.

Apart from the 32-year-old, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele are also unfit having picked up injuries in their opening day defeat to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames Stadium.

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Although, the Uruguay forward might return to his side's match day squad this weekend having had enough time to rest as he was excluded from his country's activities during this FIFA break.

Meanwhile, the Argentine's new possible date of return will be when his side face Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League first group game on September 17.

I want people to feel proud to be of African descent anywhere in the world - Jidenna earlier reported that Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez trained separately from Barcelona teammates ahead of possible return from calf injuries this weekend.

According to Daily Mail citing Diario AS report, the pair could be handed playing time against Valencia on Saturday night home game on September 14.

At the last count, both players have been following tailored fitness regimes to improve on their fitness, to improve their chances of stepping into the pitch on matchday.

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