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Injured Messi set to miss Barcelona’s opening La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao


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Lionel Messi will not be risked for Barcelona’s opening La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao on Friday, according to his coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi sustained a calf injury in training last week and missed Barca’s last two pre-season friendlies against Napoli.

They begin their title defence at San Mames this weekend and Valverde has said Messi is yet to train ahead of the match.

“We are not going to take risks with any player, even less with Leo,” Valverde said in a press conference on Thursday.

“He hasn’t trained or played with the team ...


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