Argentina skipper Lionel Messi was missing as Barcelona continued their preparations for Wednesday’s Spanish Cup second leg encounter against Valencia on Tuesday.
Messi is said to have been resting at home having undergone minor kidney surgery. The Argentine underwent a lithotripsy, a treatment, typically using ultrasound shock waves, by which a kidney stone or other calculus is broken into small particles that can be passed out by the body.
According to a club statement;
“FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will undergo several tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the evolution of the kidney problems he suffered last December. Messi will return to his normal duties with the first team on Wednesday.”
The forward who had been suffering from the condition since last December, will therefore not be available to face Valencia.
With a seven goal lead in hand, Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique could rest several of his players and call up Barcelona B’s Sergi Samper, Gerard Gumbau, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Juan Cámara and Daniel Romera who are all expected to make the squad for the trip to Valencia.