Head coach Quique Setien had good news about Lionel Messi ‘s health and a schedule for the returning Luis Suarez in Barcelona. The head coach Quique Setien has announced that Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are ready to take off for Barcelona against Real Mallorca.
On Saturday after the coronavirus-enforced break, Barca returns to the LaLiga action with a trip to Son Moix and a victory over relegation-threatened opponents will see them extend their lead to the top.
The reigning Spanish champions sit two points apart from rivals Real Madrid, who are not in action until they host Eibar in the capital on Sunday.
Messi ‘s health was a big concern ahead of the resumption-the talismanic forward struggling with a quadriceps injury-but after returning to training at the beginning of the week alongside the rest of the squad, he did not experience any more setbacks.
“He’s ready to play, he’s perfectly fine. He’s well trained, there’s no problem. Messi and many of those players know how to gage stuff and save their energy when it’s needed. We shall see when it comes to breaks. The more time they ‘re at the pitch, the better for some,” Setien said as his media conference pre-match says AS.
As for Suarez, the striker was set to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign with a knee injury ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the Uruguay international is back for the season’s rearranged run-in, both in domestic and Champions League duties. However, Setien should be cautious with a player returning from a long lay-off which means that the whole game will not be played by Suarez against Mallorca.
“Surely he ‘s going to be a starter but not for the full 90 minutes. After five months we won’t take chances. It’ll be nice for him to play and he’ll need games to be the same as he used to be.explained the Barca manager.
Suarez has scored 14 goals in all of this season’s competitions but hasn’t featured since January 9.