Messi weekend return possible

August 22, 2019
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Lionel Messi was back in full training again yesterday and may be fit for Barcelona's clash with Real Betis in LaLiga on Sunday.

Messi had been training separately from the squad since injuring his right calf in the preseason.

He missed the team's 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the league opener on Friday.

Barcelona have not said how long they expect Messi to be sidelined.

Coach Ernesto Valverde is also dealing with injuries to forwards Luiz Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

Dembele is certain to miss Sunday's match at the Camp Nou because of a left thigh injury that should keep him out for about five weeks.

Suarez also isn't likely to play this weekend because of a muscle injury sustained before halftime of Friday's game in Bilbao.

Two-time defending champions Barcelona hadn't loss a league opener in 10 seasons.

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