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Messi Set To Miss La Liga Opener

Amuda Segun

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is not certain that star player Lionel Messi will be fit for their La Liga opener on Friday night.

The Barcelona boss talked about Messi during his post-match press conference after the club friendly against Napoli in Michigan, the United States of America.

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona rounded up their preseason with a thumping win over Napoli.

Barcelona thrashed the Italian Serie A giants 4-0 in their final game of a long preseason with Lionel Messi missing in action.

The Catalan giants got their goals through new signing Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez (brace) and Ousmane Dembele.

Antoine Griezmann scored his first goal for Barcelona against the Italians on the back of his transfer from fellow Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

He joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer after the Catalan giants activated the release clause in his contract at the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

Long-term Manchester United target Griezmann was signed in a deal reported to be around €120m (£107m).

In the potential absence of Lionel Messi for the La Liga opener on Friday against Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona will look for inspiration in the likes of the aforementioned Antoine Griezmann and Uruguayan international striker Luis Suarez.

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