Barcelona’s head coach Quique Setien told of not having “any doubts” upon Lionel Messi’s fitness as the team’s superstar prepares for the Spanish league facing Real Mallorca on June 13.
Messi made his return to group training on Monday after having concerns over a quadriceps injury that forced him to train separately rather than joining the squad session, as coach Setien had previously stated that Messi is “perfectly fine” upon his condition last week.
La Liga are bound to return on Thursday after a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, as Barcelona leads the table being two points ahead over rival Real Madrid.
Messi is set to face Mallorca after Setien told Catalunya Radio: “We didn’t have any doubts over his availability against Mallorca.”
“There have also been others with [injury] problems. He stopped [training] out of precaution.”
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez has been declared fit to play for Barcelona throughout the 2019-20 season after his recovery from the knee operation he underwent since January.
Barca coach Setien clarified as well being uncertain whether Suarez will start away on their Mallorca matchup.
“It’s something that we have to talk about,” Setien said. “I’m sure he could play from the start. It would be hasty for him to play the whole match. We don’t know if he’ll play from start to finish.”
“He’s doing very well, but we have to avoid putting him at risk. Any [injury] problem makes you miss three or four matches, which would be very damaging.”
Setien added: “He’s an extraordinary player. He has some qualities that any team would want.”
“He’s very active, he puts a lot of pressure on opponents and defences, his movement is good and he has great effectiveness. He’s a great addition, without doubt.”