Messi received a blow from Kalidou Koulibaly in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Napoli. The forward nipped in ahead of Koulibaly as the defender was preparing to clear the ball from his own box. Koulibaly accidentally caught Messi’s foot instead, hurting him in the process. Both players were left sprawled on the pitch for a few minutes as the penalty was given. They both were able to continue, however.
Still, there was some concern about Messi’s ankle after the match, as it was clearly hurt. The Argentine went to the club’s training facilities on his day off to work on his injury with the doctors. He was able to train mostly normally yesterday, except for the bandage. He was also given anti-inflammatory medicine to help the swelling in his foot.
Now, he is training with a small elastic band on his foot, and it’s been reported that it’s merely there to help the player mentally. They say doctors hope it will give him confidence to play as normal, since he is fully recovered at this point.