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El Clasico: Lionel Messi did not received pre-match treatment

Messi had only one good chance when he raced toward goal and side-kicked the ball toward the far post, but Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas gloved it wide.

Associated Press

Updated:October 27, 2014, 10:18 PM IST
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El Clasico: Lionel Messi did not received pre-match treatment
Messi had only one good chance when he raced toward goal and side-kicked the ball toward the far post, but Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas gloved it wide.

Barcelona: Barcelona say Lionel Messi did not received treatment before playing a subdued Clasico match against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Press reports appeared Monday saying the Argentina forward had received infiltrations - injections by rheumatologists to relieve discomfort - in a heel.

Messi had only one good chance when he raced toward goal and side-kicked the ball toward the far post, but Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas gloved it wide.

Barcelona said Messi did not received infiltrations Saturday.

In a statement, it said Messi did not train with the squad Monday, but that he had done "specific exercises" alongside striker Neymar and defenders Douglas and Thomas Vermaelen, while Andres Iniesta - who injured a calf muscle during the match - underwent physiotherapy.

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