Argentina team doctor Homero De Agostino does not believe Lionel Messi will be fit to face Real Madrid in El Clasico later this month, insisting he needs more time to recover.
Messi picked up a knee injury in the 2-1 win over Las Palmas in late September and was expected to spend up to eight weeks on the Sidelines, meaning he would be fit for the crunch clash with Los Blancos at the end of November.
However, De Agostino is not convinced the 28-year-old would have fully recovered from his ailment by then, and does not believe Barca boss Luis Enrique will risk the four time Ballon d'Or winner.
"I doubt that Messi will be fit to play El Clasico," De Agostino is quoted as saying by ESPN. "The coach [Luis Enrique] cannot trust in somebody who has just recovered.
"The problem is when the player hits the ball with his instep, which reproduces the mechanism of the injury. I don't believe the problem is physical, but rather football.
"Although it is Messi, he will need to get his rhythm back with the football."