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Barcelona confirm Messi having treatment on ankle injury

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The captain is expected back after Eibar

Real Valladolid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi is having treatment on an ankle problem but the captain is expected back in training after Tuesday’s La Liga match against Eibar.

Ronald Koeman’s men were back in training on Sunday after a brief Christmas break, but Messi was conspicuous by his absence at the training ground.

It was initially thought the captain was having an extended break after returning to Argentina over Christmas, but Barca have now confirmed he’s been having treatment on an injury problem.

“First team player, Lionel Messi, is completing the treatment for his right ankle, and is expected to return to training after the FC Barcelona v SD Eibar match.”

Source | FC Barcelona

The statement suggest it’s not a serious injury and Messi could even return in Barca’s next game away at Huesca on January 3. Barca then play Athletic Bilbao and Granada in La Liga before heading to Andalusia for the Spanish Super Cup.