Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has made a decision on the availability of star player Lionel Messi for the Spanish La Liga clash with Real Betis.
Valverde and his Barcelona players welcome Real Betis to the Nou Camp on Sunday in what’s their first league game of the season.
Lionel Messi has been ruled out of the game due to the decision made by Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde and the medical team at the club.
The Barcelona superstar missed the start of the season last weekend as a result of the calf injury he sustained earlier this month.
The injury forced him to miss the Barcelona tour of the United States (US) as well as the shocking defeat to Athletic Bilbao in their league opener nine days ago.
Messi had returned to training earlier this week only for him to feel discomfort in training on Friday thereby ruling him out of the Real Betis game.
Ernesto Valverde and his Barcelona players must be wary of the threat carried by Real Betis who were the only team to win at the Nou Camp last season.
Barcelona were beaten 4-3 by Real Betis in the corresponding fixture last season.
The Catalan giants would be hoping to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they take on Real Betis at the Nou Camp.