Lionel Messi remains a serious doubt for Barcelona’s Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid after sustaining a leg injury at the weekend.
Messi hurt his right leg in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in the Spanish league on Saturday and remains doubtful for Barcelona’s home game against Madrid in the first leg of the Copa semi-finals.
Barcelona had not yet given full details about Messi’s condition, although reports said the injury wasn’t serious enough to keep him out of the game at the Nou Camp.
The injury appeared to happen when he was hit in the leg by Valencia defender Antonio Lato while they challenged for a ball in the second half on Saturday.
Messi missed Barcelona’s 5-1 league rout of Madrid in October because of a broken right arm.
He has scored at least a goal in nine straight games in all competitions and is the league’s leading scorer with 21 goals in 22 matches.
Ernesto Valverde said of Messi: “We will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he’s in good shape, he’ll play on Wednesday [against Madrid].”