Lionel Messi Left Hamstring Issues Officially Confirmed

What can be worse than being passionate about your job, and not being able to do it due to an injury? If you have ever felt the disappointment of being unable to complete a task, imagine how Lionel Messi feels today, after Barcelona officially confirmed his hamstring injury. It’s not only the fact that he might be sidelined for a while but also the disappointment of his fans – and Barca’s fans – because of him missing from the playfield.

Take it slow

Messi’s injury has been noted by the team even before the player left for Argentina last week. Although the injury admittedly bothered him, Messi still scored Albiceste’s only goal against Uruguay. He played against Uruguay, but he won’t set foot on the field against Venezuela, and, according to Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza, he will most likely not play with Barca against Alaves either.

“Tests conducted today on first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that the discomfort in his left adductor muscle persists,” the announcement issued by Barca reads. “It’s advised he lowers the burden of training in the coming days and the evolution of the injury will mark his availability to return to action.”

“Everything is fine, I have to slow things down as I recover with physio, but it’s nothing to worry about”, Messi reassured his fans in a Facebook update this week. “Thanks to you all for your support.”

Sidelined

Since the evolution of Messi’s injury was discovered recently, and might still evolve, there’s no way to know when he will be back on the field. He might be out for weeks, during which he’ll have nothing to do but relax, see the doctors, and play – maybe even Football Star, so he won’t be missing the game too much.

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The good news

Although Messi is out for the time being, not all news are bad: Andres Iniesta announced that he is making good progress in recovering from the injury he suffered in the Spanish Super Cup. Speaking to online news outlet Cadena SER, Iniesta said that his knee is getting better by the day.

Vermaelen ready to return for FC Barcelona and feeling confident

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It is difficult to believe that Thomas Vermaelen has now been a Barcelona player for some 14 months.

Snapped up for £15 million from Arsenal in the summer of 2014, the Belgium international was considered to be quite a coup, and a player who would slot seamlessly into the fold at Camp Nou.

Comfortable in possession and strong in the tackle, Vermaelen fit the Barca mould perfectly – with healthy competition provided to the likes of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano.

His struggles in Catalunya since then have been well documented.

The 29-year-old arrived nursing niggles, but offered enough to Barcelona’s medical staff to suggest that he was worth spending big on.

A series of unfortunate fitness issues followed, preventing Vermaelen from making his competitive debut until the final game of the 2014/15 La Liga season – against Deportivo La Coruna.

He was, however, to work hard over the summer and returned better prepared to fight for a regular role this time around.

Luis Enrique has been prepared to offer him those opportunities, and the classy defender has impressed during his seven outings in all competitions.

He was, however, to be struck down again shortly after September’s international break, with an untimely calf complaint picked up during the first half of a meeting with Atletico Madrid forcing an early exit from that contest and preventing him from playing any part in Belgium’s final Euro 2016 qualifiers and subsequent rise to the top of the FIFA World Rankings.

A pause in domestic duties has given Vermaelen an opportunity to ease his way back to full health, though, and he has been a notable presence on the training ground this week.

He could now come back into contention for Saturday’s home date with Rayo Vallecano – a contest they are 1/7 to take maximum points from within La Liga betting markets.

His availability is likely to be welcomed by Enrique, with Barca having found it uncharacteristically difficult to keep the back door bolted of late.

You have to go back to August 29 to find the last clean sheet secured in all competitions, with seven fixtures having come and gone since then.

Vermaelen is no miracle cure, but he is a useful option to have at your disposal and is a player full of confidence again after coming through the most testing period of his professional career.

He admits to feeling better about his game, life in new surroundings and the start he has made to the current campaign.

All concerned at Barcelona will be hoping that Vermaelen’s most recent setback proves to be his last for the foreseeable future, allowing him to show his true colours in a role that was seemingly tailor-made for him.

Thiago out of World Cup

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Bayern Munich and ex Barcelona’s midfielder Thiago Alcantara didn’t only miss the DFB-Pokal final but also the FIFA World Cup™ for Spain with a knee injury. The German Bundesliga champions confirmed on Thursday that the defensive midfielder will be undergoing surgery on a knee injury he picked up in training. How far will they go this time, what are the odds on Spain to win Group B, it’s yet to see.

“It’s very bitter for Thiago and we’re really sorry for the lad,” said Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on his club’s website.

“He’s a young lad who’s worked hard on his comeback and to be fit for the World Cup in the country where he was born, and suddenly both dreams are over. We’ll take care of him in the coming weeks and do all we can to make sure he’s fit for the start of the next season.”

Thiago, who joined Bayern from Barcelona last summer, missed the start of the season due to injury and had various ailments during his first season in German football.

He had been named by Vicente Del Bosque in his 23-man squad for the World Cup, but has now been forced to withdraw.

Chelsea spreman platiti 30 miliona eura za Alvesa

El Chelsea quiere a Alves

Prema pisanju The Suna momcad sa Stemford Bridgea Chelsea spreman je za Barceloninog desnog bocnog Daniela Alvesa platiti 30 miliona eura.Klub bogatog Rusa Romana Abramovica Brazilca je pokušao dovesti i 2007 godine dok je branio boje Seville,no u toj namjeri je ih sprijecila Barca.Zanimljivo da je Chelsea i tada za “prgavog” Alvesa nudio 30 miliona.

Alves sa Blugarnom ugovora ima još dvije godine,a prema nedavnoj izjavi namjerava ga produžiti i osje?a se sretnim u Barceloni.

Riberyeva odluka znat ce se za 2-3 sedmice

Ribéry reconoce el interés del Barça por su fichaje Foto: ARCHIVO

U interviju  za Francusku televiziju TF1 Ribery je otkrio kako ce se njegova konacna odluka o statusu u Bayernu biti poznata za dvije do tri sedmice.”Nije 100% sigurno da cu na ljeto obuci dres Real Madrida,za moje usluge su zaintersovani Chelsea i Barcelona.Ali to naravno neznaci da cu uopce napustiti Bayern,moja konacna odluka bit ce poznata za dvije do tri sedmice”.Otkriva Ribery.

26-godišnji Francuz trenutno se nalazi u pregovorima sa Bavarcima oko produženja suradnje koja istice 30 juna 2011 godine.