Messi back on pitch for weekend game

The Associated PressBARCELONA (AP) — Lionel Messi was back in full training again on Wednesday and might be fit to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.

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

He missed the Friday’s 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the league opener. Barcelona has not said how long it expects Messi to be sidelined.

Coach Ernesto Valverde is also dealing with injuries to forwards Luiz Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. Dembele is going to miss Sunday’s match because of a left thigh injury that should keep him out for about five weeks.


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