Messi doubt for Barcelona

  • Last Updated: August 15 2013, 16:25 BST

Barcelona are concerned over the fitness of Lionel Messi ahead of Sunday's season-opening Primera Division meeting with Levante.

Lionel Messi: Injury worry for Barcelona
Lionel Messi: Injury worry for Barcelona

The 26-year-old striker did some special rehabilitation exercises in the gym at the Ciutat Esportiva training complex on Wednesday with Barca physio Juanjo Brau, designed to help him recover from his quadriceps injury.

The Argentina star had flown back from Rome before his country's 2-1 friendly victory over Italy and, in a statement on their official website, Barca insisted they will not be talking any risks in rushing Messi back for the Levante match this weekend.

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