The Argentine has been suffering from hamstring issues for about a month. He hasn’t been at his best lately but was still playing almost every single match.
Perhaps, Messi could be rested on Tuesday as Barcelona have a crucial Copa del Rey final match on Saturday?
Ernesto Valverde is not a fan of rotation and at his pre-match press conference, he was reluctant to confirm whether Messi would play or not.
“It’s a possibility that Messi rests, like others,” Valverde told reporters.
“There’s nothing to worry about, the other day [a 2-1 win against Valencia] he played a good game.
“They should be calm in Argentina because Messi still has a lot of energy left for the World Cup.”