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Lionel Messi attends training facilities to work with doctors on day off

The Barcelona forward suffered a blow to his ankle in the win over Napoli

FC Barcelona v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi has visited Barcelona’s training facilities to work on recovering from a blow he suffered on his ankle, despite the fact that today was a day off.

The Argentine star received the injury when he nicked a ball from Kalidou Koulibaly, when the defender was preparing to clear it long. He accidentally caught Messi with a lot of strength instead of kicking the ball away, and thus gave up a penalty in the process. Both players were on the ground for several minutes after, although thankfully both were able to complete the match.

Luis Suárez scored the penalty afterwards, the third goal in an eventual 3-1 win over Napoli.

That has put the Catlans in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League, with Bayern Munich considered favorites in their quarterfinal clash.

The media in Catalonia is saying that Messi’s willingness to go and work with doctors on his day off, to ensure maximum fitness against Bayern on Friday, is a sign that the #10 is extremely plugged in and ready to give his all.

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