Barcelona news

Messi to miss opening friendly

July 24, 2012
By ESPN staff
Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Barcelona's opening pre-season friendly against Hamburg through injury.

Messi, 25, has suffered a calf strain and therefore was not part of the 21-man squad that travelled to Germany for Tuesday evening's friendly.

Barcelona's medical staff have said that Messi's availability for upcoming matches depends on how he responds to treatment.

Tito Vilanova's side are due to face Raja Casablanca in a friendly in Morocco on Saturday before ...

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