Reuters, Friday, August 16, 2013 1:53 PM
Barcelona is sweating over the fitness of Lionel Messi
ahead of Sunday’s La Liga opener at home to Levante. The 26-year-old has a pulled left quad, which caused him to miss
Argentina’s 2-1 friendly win against Italy on Wednesday. Barca confirmed that the Argentina captain could miss the opening game in a statement on its Web site. Messi had missed the end of last
season with a hamstring injury.
"Things might be easier for us if Messi does not play,” Levante's Costa Rican goalkeeper, Keylor Navas,
said. “He is the
best player in the world, without a doubt. Going to Barcelona is always difficult. Let’s hope that they have still not picked up their usual rhythm."
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