Lionel Messi Did Not Have Pre-Match Treatment Before El Clasico, Say Barcelona

Updated: 28 October 2014 01:15 IST

Press reports appeared on Monday saying Argentina forward Lionel Messi had received infiltrations - injections by rheumatologists to relieve discomfort - in a heel.

Lionel Messi Did Not Have Pre-Match Treatment Before El Clasico, Say Barcelona
Barcelona said Messi did not receive infiltrations before the El Clasico match on Saturday. © AP

Barcelona:

Barcelona say Lionel Messi did not receive treatment before playing a subdued Clasico match against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Press reports appeared Monday saying the Argentina forward had received infiltrations - injections by rheumatologists to relieve discomfort - in a heel.

Messi had only one good chance when he raced toward goal and side-kicked the ball toward the far post, but Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas gloved it wide.

Barcelona said Messi did not receive infiltrations Saturday.

In a statement, they said Messi did not train with the squad Monday, but that he had done "specific exercises" alongside striker Neymar and defenders Douglas and Thomas Vermaelen, while Andres Iniesta - who injured a calf muscle during the match - underwent physiotherapy.

Topics : Barcelona Real Madrid Lionel Andres Messi Football
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