Champions League

Lionel Messi injury update ahead of Bayern clash

The Argentine was the victim of a heavy challenge by Kalidou Koulibaly, but Quique Setien has alleviated any fears for Barca fans

12:00pm on Monday 10th August 2020
Martin Macdonald

Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has played down any potential injury to Lionel Messi following the match against Napoli which saw the Argentine go down under a late challenge from Kalidou Koulibaly.

A minute into added time in the first half, the Napoli defender attempted to clear the ball out of the box, only for Messi to sneak in with a touch at the last second, leading to a heavy boot to the calf of the Argentine.

Barca were subsequently awarded the penalty, with Messi unable to take it, hobbling off to allow Luis Suarez to convert.

The Blaugrana captain was down for long enough for it to become a concern, but Setien has confirmed there won’t be a problem with regards to Messi’s participation against Bayern in the quarter-final of the Champions League on Friday.

”Messi? He had some pain, but there shouldn’t be a problem,” the Barcelona head coach said when asked if Messi had recovered.

“He was fine. We will analyse it, but there won’t be a problem.”

Looking ahead to the game against Bayern, Setien admitted it will be a “complicated” tie, but praised his side for their performance against Napoli.

“The game against Bayern will be complicated, but we are also a great team,” he added.

“The team has been good and we deserved the victory. We have overcome the opening minutes and in the second half Napoli didn’t create much danger.

“The truth is that Napoli are one of the best Italian teams. We knew how to react to their start and then we had a good first half.

“They have had more prominence during the second half.”

Bayern reached the quarter-final stage after a 7-1 aggregate drubbing of Chelsea.

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