Messi misses training

2015-02-03 09:14
Lionel Messi (AFP)

Madrid - Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi missed training on Monday due to "personal reasons", Barcelona have confirmed.

"Messi hasn't trained today, with the permission of the club, due to personal reasons," Barca said in a statement.

The Argentine continued his fine form with the winning goal as Barca came from behind twice to beat Villarreal 3-2 on Sunday.

Yet, it is just over a month since Messi missed another training session in front of the club's fans, claiming to be suffering from gastroenteritis, a day after he had been left on the bench for Barca's 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad.

His absence on that occasion sparked a mini-crisis at the club as speculation grew over coach Luis Enrique's future due to his frosty relationship with his star player.

However, since then Barca have strung together eight straight victories to move into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and remain just a point adrift of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Barca aren't in action again until Sunday when they travel to face Athletic Bilbao, so Enrique has given all of his squad Tuesday and Wednesday off ahead of a return to training on Thursday.

Read more on:    barcelona  |  la liga  |  lionel messi  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.