Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on as he walks on the pitch during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has claimed that star man Lionel Messi will not be rushed back for the El Clasico against Real Madrid on November 21 if he is 100 per cent fit.
Messi picked up a knee injury in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Las Palmas on September 26 and has been working hard on his rehabilitation.
However, while Barcelona fans will love him to be available for the El Clasico, the manager thinks otherwise.
“There is no set recovery date for Messi. The most important thing for him is to be 100 per cent fit again,” Luis Enrique stated at a news conference.
“It does not matter when he returns. The season is still long.
“We are not thinking about the Clasico yet. What is important to me is winning the league. We have to sit top of the table come the end of the season.
“The Clasico will not decide the title race. What matters to me right now is scoring more goals, conceding less and winning games. Those are realistic targets.”
Barcelona currently have the same 21 points with League leaders Real Madrid but the Los Blancos have a better goal difference.