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Martino Won't Rush Messi Back

  • ESPN FC, Monday, January 6, 2014 1:52 PM

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says he will not send Lionel Messi back into action until he is 100 percent sure that he has overcome all his recent injury issues. Messi, who watched from the stands as Barca thrashed Elche 4-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday, has not played since early October. After the game, Martino said the four-time Ballon d’Or winner was physically fine but called for patience as it made sense to wait until he felt “secure” he could play again without thinking of the muscle injuries that have hampered him since last April.

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