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Unfit Messi ruled out of season opener against Bilbao

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Unfit Messi ruled out of season opener against Bilbao

Unfit Messi ruled out of season opener against Bilbao

Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde says he will not risk an unfit Lionel Messi their La Liga opener on Friday while remining non-committal about Neymar re-joining the club from Paris St Germain.

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Unfit Messi ruled out of season opener against Bilbao

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (AUGUST 15, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (SPANISH) FC BARCELONA COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SAYING: "We are not going to risk any of the players, much less Leo.

We will see how does.

He still hasn't returned to training with the team and while we are happy with his progress, individual training is very different to playing a match.

We're going to wait a bit, but he is recovering well and we are going to wait and see." 2.

FC BARCELONA SQUAD TRAINING 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (SPANISH) FC BARCELONA COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SAYING: "I am on the margin regarding all these concerns.

I feel fully involved in the team and with the players I have to face this match.

I don't need to worry about players in other teams simply out of respect for other teams and players that don't belong to us and are in other teams. Neymar is with Paris Saint Germain, and we will see what happens." 4.

TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS STORY: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he would not risk an unfit Lionel Messi in Friday's (August 16) La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao and continued to be non-committal about Neymar re-joining the club from Paris St Germain.

Barca's all-time top scorer and captain Messi injured his calf in training before his side's brief pre-season tour of the United States and has not yet returned to full training a day before his side visit Athletic.

Valverde refused to answer questions about the club's interest in Neymar and said he was fully committed to his team and not thinking about players who don't belong to his FC Barcelona.

Barca have spent over 200 million euros on signings including Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann but continue to be linked with a second swoop for Neymar, two years after he left the Catalans for PSG for a world record 222 million euros ($246 million).




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