- Lionel Messi is currently struggling with injury with Barcelona in the last few games
- The Barcelona captain has been involved in all eight goals for his team in two matches
- Reports claims Barcelona new boss' difficult training session could be the cause of Messi's injury problems
Lionel Messi has been reportedly playing through pain in the last few games games for Barcelona due to minor injury crisis, reports claim.
According to ESPN, the Argentine superstar has been managing to stay on his feet in the last few weeks.
Though Messi's has not failed to deliver in games this New Year and was recently he was involved in all five goals against Leganes in the Copa del Rey win as well as the victory over Levante.
And since Quique Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde, he not won the hearts of all players in his new squad.
It is understood that the Spanish boss training methods has been too intense for the players to cope with.
“The sessions are different and some of the drills are more intense,” a source told ESPN. “Some players seem to be feeling the fatigue a bit more and that's when the pain can appear.”
Messi has scored 19 goals in 24 matches for Barcelona this season but La Blaugrana will have to cope with the injury crisis in the team
Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele have also been out of action in the past few weeks as Arsenal's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was linked to the Camp Nou during the January transfer window.
And club's failure to secure a forward over the January window will have frustrated Setien, who only has Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and a half-fit Messi.
The France international has scored 12 goals this season after being played out of his natural position because of Ansu Fati's splendid form.
Barcelona are three points behind Real Madrid who started the season on a slow pace but are still strong contenders for the La Liga title.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi provided two assists for youngster Ansu Fati as Barcelona defeated Levante by 2-1 in their weekend's game.
And fans are excited with the pair combining well to get two of the goals with some supporters claiming Messi is echoing Ronaldinho's celebration with the 17-year-old.
Fati became the youngest player to score a brace in La Liga and it looks like Messi will be handing over the mantle to the young Spanish star.
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