Barca still sweating over Messi

La Liga By: Linus Onyeze | 30/03/2018

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Barcelona are still sweating over the fitness of Lionel Messi as they take on Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday.

A win for Barcelona will take them closer to winning the treble this season, but they could be forced to do it against Sevilla without their talismanic figure, who also missed Argentina’s international friendlies due to a minor hamstring problem and although he returned to training on Thursday, coach Ernesto Valverde will delay naming his side.

“We are taking care of Messi, because he has a minor annoyance,” Valverde told a press conference. “We have to see how (Friday's) training is going.”

Valverde's side face seven games in 22 days, including their two-legged Champions League quarter-final against Roma and the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on April 21.

“We are where we wanted to be,” Valverde said. “We have players to face the final stretch of the season. It will be a decisive month.

“(Saturday) is a key game. A victory would mean a lot in order to be able to win the title.”