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Sport Lionel Messi could miss El Clasico if selected for Argentina games

05:10  18 september  2020
05:10  18 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Lionel Messi could miss first El Clasico of the season in October in further blow for Barcelona as he will be forced to quarantine for 14 DAYS if selected for Argentina 's World Cup qualification double-header. Lionel Messi will have to quarantine if he plays for Argentina next month.

The Argentina international earlier scored twice, once from the penalty spot, as the hosts came from 2-0 down to earn a point and extend their lead Barcelona could only manage a draw against Valencia in La Liga on Saturday. Lionel Messi got both goals but also picked up a thigh injury during the game .

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Ronald Koeman could be without his star man Lionel Messi for three games, including El Clasico against Real Madrid, if the Argentine goes off on international duty next month.

Argentina's World Cup 2022 qualifying fixtures have been confirmed, with matches against Ecuador on October 8, and Bolivia on October 13.

Under the current regulations in Spain, anyone returning from South America is required to quarantine for 14 days, meaning Messi won't be able to play in La Liga matches during that time period.

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Lionel Messi has not practiced with his teammates on Monday, raising doubts about his presence in the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid on Messi hurt his right leg in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in the Spanish league on Saturday and remains doubtful for Barcelona’s home game against

a person standing in front of a crowd: Lionel Messi could miss El Clasico due to quarantine rules if he plays for Argentina next month © Provided by Daily Mail Lionel Messi could miss El Clasico due to quarantine rules if he plays for Argentina next month Ronald Koeman posing for the camera: Ronald Koeman faced a difficult start to life as Barcelona boss with the Messi transfer saga © Provided by Daily Mail Ronald Koeman faced a difficult start to life as Barcelona boss with the Messi transfer saga

He would miss matches against Getafe and Alaves, and crucially the huge fixture against fierce rivals Real Madrid.

FIFA has confirmed that players situated in Europe will be available for CONMEBOL qualifiers, but a number of clubs have raised concerns.

Argentina will be keen for their talisman to be leading the line for their matches, although new Barcelona boss Koeman will be reluctant for him to miss La Liga games as a result.

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It comes at the end of a difficult summer, in which Messi was on the verge of leaving the club.

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It will be the first Clasico featuring neither Messi nor Ronaldo since December 2007, when Real Considering Dembele's shortcomings, the preferred option could be a more advanced role for versatile Sergi Roberto, who was selected for that task the last time Messi missed a Clasico in 2015.

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The drawn out saga drew the ire of fans, and now club president Josep Bartomeu faces being booted out after 20,687 club members backed a vote of no confidence against him.

It didn't affect Messi's playing ability though, as he returned to action against Girona in a pre-season friendly this week, scoring twice after his dramatic u-turn.

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