Barcelona trio set for Thursday medical testsMarch 28, 2018
There is cause for concern in Barcelona as Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Gerard Pique will all undergo medical tests on Thursday.
All three will return from international duty on Thursday morning and will immediately undergo tests on their respective injuries to determine how long they may be sidelined for.
Initial impressions have suggested that none of the trio have serious major issues, but it remains to be seen if Ernesto Valverde will risk them when Barcelona travel to face Sevilla this weekend.
Wednesday’s training session saw the return of Andre Gomes and Jesper Cillessen, according to Mundo Deportivo, with the rest of the internationals, Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic. expected to be back in Catalonia on Thursday.
Sergi Roberto, Paco Alcacer, Denis Suarez, Aleix Vidal and Nelson Semedo are the only five first team players to have been in action over the international break, having been accompanied by Carles Alena, Marc Cucurella, Jose Antonio Martinez, David Costas, Sergi Palencia, Dani Morer, Carlos Perez and Jokin Ezkieta from Barcelona B.
Discussing Lionel Messi’s injury concerns in particular, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde played down concerns at a charity book launch on Wednesday.
“Messi finished the last match against Athletic Club and it is true that he has a few minor problems,” he said, as quoted by MARCA.
“I am calm because we believe that it is not important at all. We won’t worry beforehand, let’s see what he has exactly.”
More news is expected later in the week, though it has already been confirmed, by SPORT journalist Sam Marsden, that Lucas Digne will be sidelined for three weeks.