Bartomeu: No unnecessary risks with Messi injury

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists Lionel Messi's persistent injury has been handled correctly by both club and country.

The 29-year-old is currently nursing a groin problem, which originally looked to have ruled him out of contention for Argentina's fixtures against Uruguay and Venezuela.

However, the Barca star travelled to meet up with the national team, and subsequent press reports in Spain suggested that the player's club were unhappy with his decision to do so.

It was claimed that Barcelona had requested the forward sit out the game against Uruguay. However, the La Liga outfit were quick to point out they had merely provided the Argentina FA with an update on his injury problem.

Messi did not feature in the subsequent clash with Venezuela, reigniting the debate over whether he should have featured in Argentina's first game.

Bartomeu has moved to diffuse any potential friction between club and country, telling RAC1: "No one has taken unnecessary risks.

"These are things which happen, especially with a footballer who plays as much as Leo.

"We didn't recommend to the AFA [Argentine Football Association] that they shouldn't play him in the match against Uruguay, we just told them he had discomfort in his groin and attached the medical report."

Messi is rated doubtful for Barcelona's clash with Deportivo Alaves at the Nou Camp on Saturday evening, with the forward expected to undergo a late fitness test prior to kick-off.

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