Barcelona suffered major injury blow ahead of Real Betis clash

    Barcelona will face-off Real Betis at Camp Nou on Sunday evening severely weakened in attack after Lionel Messi joined Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele on the sidelines

    After seeing him absent from the team’s trip to the United States during the off-season, the Blaugrana fans will have to wait a little longer to see their idol back to action.

    The Argentinean wizard has also skipped the Catalans’ 1-0 away loss to Athletic Bilbao in the La Liga curtain-raiser due to a calf injury.

    Although he was expected to return to the fold for Barcelona’s La Liga home opener, the 32-year-old has been left out of the squad eventually.

    With his entire starting-eleven attack from last season ruled out with injuries, Ernesto Valverde had to hand the 16-year-old Ansu Fati his first senior call-up.

    Deprived of the services of their headline performer and the first-choice striker, the reigning La Liga holders will face a daunting prospect of beating the Andalusian outfit that were the only one to walk away from Camp Nou with all three points the last term.


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