Barcelona: Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi missed training yesterday due to "personal reasons", Barcelona have confirmed.
"Messi hasn't trained today, with the permission of the club, due to personal reasons," Barca said in a statement. The Argentine continued his fine form with the winning goal as Barca came from behind twice to beat Villarreal 3-2 on Sunday.
Yet, it is just over a month since Messi missed another training session, claiming to be suffering from gastroenteritis, a day after he had been left on the bench for Barca's 0-1 defeat at Real Sociedad.
His absence on that occasion sparked a mini-crisis at the club as speculation grew over coach Luis Enrique's future due to his frosty relationship with his star player.