Previous
West Ham United
Crystal Palace
1
3
FT
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Schalke 04
3
0
FT
Game Details
Manchester United
Sunderland
2
0
LIVE 87'
Game Details
West Bromwich Albion
Southampton
1
0
LIVE 83'
Game Details
Granada
Barcelona
1
3
LIVE 86'
Game Details
Lille
Lyon
2
1
LIVE 86'
Game Details
Chievo Verona
AC Milan
7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Sevilla FCSevilla FC
Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Real MadridReal Madrid
VillarrealVillarreal
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
ValenciaValencia
Real SociedadReal Sociedad
11:00 AM GMT
Game Details
EibarEibar
Athletic BilbaoAthletic Bilbao
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
EspanyolEspanyol
CordobaCordoba
1
0
FT
Game Details
AlmeriaAlmeria
Deportivo La CoruñaDeportivo La Coruña
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
MalagaMalaga
GetafeGetafe
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details

Ronaldo, Bale set to return

Real Madrid
Read
GranadaGranada
BarcelonaBarcelona
1
3
LIVE 86'
Game Details

NYCFC still keen on Xavi deal

Transfers
Read
Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano
LevanteLevante
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details

Lionel Messi dismisses injury fears

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said he is fully fit and that the injury he suffered against Atletico Madrid recently was not related to the left thigh issue that severely hampered him towards the end of last season.

Lionel Messi is currently training with Argentina.
Lionel Messi is currently training with Argentina.

Ledwith: Time to trust in Zubi

Messi was substituted at half-time in the Spanish Supercopa first leg at Atletico on August 21, and subsequently missed Barca’s 1-0 victory at Malaga in La Liga four days later.

This raised fears that he had not fully recovered from the injury first suffered when scoring at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in early April, but the Argentine told TV channel CN23 -- in comments reported by El Mundo Deportivo -- that the two issues were not connected.

“It was a bang, nothing more,” Messi said. “There was some swelling, but no tear. The club did not hide anything. The injury last season was difficult, but I am fine now.”

The problems focused attention on Messi's recovery programme, with AS pointing out last week that, of his previous 26 games, he had only completed two. It was also pointed out that his summer had involved travelling 90,000 kilometres in 40 days, as he took part in friendlies for club and country, plus a number of events and games organised by his own charitable foundation.

Messi has acknowledged that he had perhaps returned too soon to action last term but said he had rested sufficiently during his summer break.

“I played half-injured, and suffered a relapse, so it was not easy to recover,” he said. “[But] I had time to get well on holidays, and I am good now, looking forward to continuing like this.”

Messi also said he is excited about his partnership with summer signing Neymar.

“He arrived very quickly and has settled in very well in the dressing-room,” he said. “Neymar is a good kid and very humble, and now we need to get to know each other well on the pitch.”

The Argentina captain was also asked about his country’s upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifier in Paraguay on September 11.

"It will be a difficult match,” Messi said. “I hope that things keep going well for us as they have been going, we are on a good path.”

Argentina are currently top of the South American qualifying group, with 26 points from 13 games.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.