Speculation regarding the 32-year-old’s fitness first surfaced when he became a notable absentee from training sessions in Catalunya.
It was suggested at the time that Messi was merely working away from the cameras in individual gym sessions.
Barca is, however, now prepared to acknowledge that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is carrying a slight injury.
Barca said in a statement released on the club’s official website:
“Quique Setien and his team were back out on the training ground this Friday after taking the previous day off.
Barca captain Leo Messi has a minor right quadriceps injury and trained in isolation, doing specific exercises to avoid unnecessary risks with just eight days remaining before Barca finally gets back to playing matches. He should be able to rejoin his team-mates in a few days’ time.
All of the available players were at the Ciutat Esportiva, where they were joined by Jorge Cuenca and Kike Saverio as well as the other B team players who have been working out with the first team over the last few days: Naki Pena, R. Araujo, Chumi, Monchu, Riqui Puig, Collado, and Ansu Fati. The latter, like Messi, worked out individually this morning.
For tomorrow’s Saturday session the players will train again, but unusually, this session is going to be on the pitch in the Camp Nou as Setien works to get his players ready for the return to football, but with games being played behind closed doors.