FC Barcelona Sweating On Lionel Messi's Fitness For Copa Del Rey

FC Barcelona Sweating On Lionel Messi's Fitness For Copa Del Rey

On Saturday, he was treated on the sideline for a leg injury during a 2-2 draw with Valencia in which Messi scored twice. Valencia were restless and pushed the Blaugrana on the backfoot from the first minute.

Will Lionel be fit to make it a Messi night for Madrid defence?

This season, there's no stopping Messi's brilliance.

Barca are seeking to win the Copa del Rey for the fifth year in a row, but they will have to triumph against rivals Madrid if they are to reach the final again. Moreover, Leo Messi picked up a knock in the dying emphasis of the match which seems to be a minor obstacle.

The former Madrid player and Castilla youth team coach was happier to go along with local reporters who suggested that La Liga's authorities had favoured Barca by giving them an extra day to prepare for both Wednesday's first leg and the return at the Bernabeu on February 27.

What we tend to forget is that despite his superhuman abilities on the pitch, Messi is still human and is not getting any younger.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their second goal.

"There is still one practice session left, we'll see how he's feeling", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

The midfielder, who has attracted interest from other clubs, has endured an indifferent season at the Santiago Bernabeu and hasn't started a La Liga game for the club in over three months - with that coming in a thumping 5-1 defeat at eternal rivals Barcelona on October 28. "I am not very supportive of taking risks when there are so many games ahead", Valverde said.

"It is nearly impossible to stop the competitor Messi if he wants to play". Barcelona will obviously look to win every competition they are a part of to maintain their sky-high standards and over dependency on one man's genius can be harmful.

It's not been an easy season for Real Madrid and Karim Benzema has been the focus for a lot of criticism, but he has improved a lot lately, scoring many goals, so Barca will need to be careful as he arrives in extremely confident form.

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