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Lionel Messi expected to miss Barcelona’s clash with Osasuna

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The captain missed training again

FBL-ESP-LIGA-BARCELONA-REAL BETIS Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

Lionel Messi was again absent from full training on Thursday, and it looks like the Barcelona captain will now miss Saturday’s La Liga clash with Osasuna.

The Argentine has yet to feature this season due to a calf problem and Barca were forced to deny rumors this week that he has suffered a setback to his recovery.

The suggestion is that Barcelona are simply being careful with Messi which means the team are expected to be without him again at the weekend.

Frenkie de Jong was back training with the group on Thursday, while Ansu Fati and Carles Perez were once again in attendance.

Saturday’s fixture is the last before La Liga pauses for the first international break of the new season. The break will give Messi more time to recover before the champions return to action against Valencia on September 14.

Barcelona suffered without Messi in their opening game against Athletic Bilbao but responded well with a 5-2 win over Real Betis last time out.

Meanwhile, Osasuna opened up with a 1-0 win over Leganes and followed that with a 0-0 draw against Eibar.