- Lionel Messi will have to wait a little longer before joining Barcelona in training
- Reports claim the Argentine will have to conduct a coronavirus test before being cleared
- The 33-year-old recently reversed his decision to stay at the Camp Nou after threatening to leave
Lionel Messi will not be available to resume training with Barcelona for the first time this season because he has not conducted tests for coronavirus, reports claim.
The club captain made a massive U-turn about leaving the Caamp Nou after submitting a transfer request.
But the 33-year-old admitted he stayed because he could not stand doing a legal battle with the club he has spent close to 20 years with.
The Argentine superstar previously went on strike and refused to train with his new manager Ronald Koeman.
And according to TyC Sports, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has not had a Covid-19 test, which prohibits him from linking up with his team-mates.
Messi is expected to return on Monday, September 7, when the test results will be out before joining up with his teammates for the first time in pre-season.
His contract at the Camp Nou runs out in 2021 and can decide to leave for free with Manchester City linked with the attacker.
The Premier League club were keen on offering Messi a mouthwatering deal but Barca insisted his £623million release clause had to be met.
And it was clear that the only way the matter will be settled was if Messi took his boyhood club to court which he avoided.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Antoine Griezmann has reacted to the whole transfer debacle involving his team-mate Lionel Messi at Barcelona as he urges the Argentine to remain with the Camp Nou side.
The Catalan giants’ fans can now heave a huge sigh of relief after their captain confirms he will continue at the club next season.
Messi who handed-in his transfer request at the club has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou with Manchester City tipped as possible destination for the forward.
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