BARCELONA – Lionel Messi could be among a number of players rested by Barcelona on Saturday, as Ernesto Valverde keeps one eye on their Champions League second leg against Manchester United.
Valverde said on Friday that Messi may be spared the trip to Huesca, who sit bottom of La Liga, after a collision with United’s Chris Smalling on Wednesday left the Argentinian with a bruised nose and cheek.
“It’s possible,” said Valverde, when asked about the chance of Messi sitting out this weekend.
“He’s fine, but it was a big hit. He was affected the day after and during the match, it was like being hit by a truck.
“We will analyse him later, but it is a possibility.”