Barca likely to rest drained Lionel Messi for Getafe clash

Updated: 17 October, 2020 12:56 IST | AFP | Madrid

The Barca captain has not missed a single minute for his club since football resumed in June following the Coronavirus-caused lockdown

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Barcelona must weigh up the decision whether to rest Lionel Messi for today’s trip to Getafe ahead of a congested run of fixtures. Messi played the full 90 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia during the international break, the second of which was played at altitude in La Paz.

The Barca captain has not missed a single minute for his club since football resumed in June following the Coronavirus-caused lockdown. However, with seven games in the space of 21 days awaiting Barca, coach Ronald Koeman could elect to give Messi a breather before the start of the team’s Champions League campaign.

Barca host Hungarian side Ferencvaros on Tuesday and then face sworn enemies Real Madrid four days later at the Camp Nou. The Catalan club head to Italy for a Champions League clash with Juventus on October 28 before games against Alaves and Real Betis either side of the visit of Dynamo Kiev.

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First Published: 17 October, 2020 12:42 IST

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