Messi out of US tour

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool in Barcelona, Spain, on May 1, 2019. Barcelona won 3-0. (Xinhua/Joan Gosa)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi will not travel to the United States for the club’s pre-season tour after sustaining a calf problem on his return to training from a close season break, the La Liga champions said on Monday.

The Argentine forward experienced discomfort in his right leg during Monday’s training session and tests confirmed that the 32-year-old had suffered a grade one calf strain, forcing him out of the tour.

“Messi will remain in Barcelona… his availability to come back to action will be dictated by his recovery,” Barcelona said in a statement on their website.

Barcelona were set to travel to the US yesterday night.

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