Lionel Messi returns for Barcelona as Koeman warns against dropping more points

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Lionel Messi has recovered from an ankle damage and able to tackle Huesca on Sunday as Barcelona look to get their La Liga season again on observe following final week’s shock 1-1 draw at house to Eibar, coach Ronald Koeman has stated.

Barca’s all-time prime scorer watched on helplessly from the empty Camp Nou stands as his facet struggled against the minnows however Koeman stated his captain had been working additional time to return to health.

“Messi is in good shape, he trained on December 30 and 31, even when his team mates had days off, and he’s not feeling any discomfort anymore,” Koeman instructed a information convention on Saturday.

“He’s ready, he’s feeling happy and very determined and that’s very important for us.”

Messi is now into the ultimate six months of his contract with Barca and has said he won’t determine his future till the tip of the marketing campaign, however Koeman stated the uncertainty was no distraction for his facet.

“Like any player who is finishing their contract, he is free to decide what he wants,” he stated.

“He’s proved he wants the best for this team and I have no problem with him not making his decision now. We aren’t feeling nervous or worried about it.”

Barca’s draw with Eibar left them sixth within the standings and 10 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who even have a sport in hand, and Koeman repeated his earlier perception that his facet have been slipping out of the title race.

“I’m a realist when it comes to our chances of winning the league. We cannot afford to drop many more points, and as Atletico are so consistent, it’s very difficult for us. Each point lost is another chance gone,” he stated.

While Messi returns against Huesca, Barca can be with out Philippe Coutinho, who underwent surgical procedure on a knee damage and can be out for round three months.

The Brazilian is the fourth participant the Catalans have misplaced to a long run damage this season after Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.

“We will keep working with what we have but we have lost important players of real quality,” added the Dutch coach, who additionally despatched his finest needs to former Barca crew mate Eusebio Sacristan, who’s in an induced coma after struggling a fall.

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