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Messi to miss Barcelona’s game at Real Betis

August 24, 2019
El astro de Barcelona Lionel Messi, derecha, mira junto a su compañero Antoine Griezman antes el partido por el trofeo Joan Gamper contra Arsenal en el Camp Nou el domingo, 4 de agosto del 2019. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)
El astro de Barcelona Lionel Messi, derecha, mira junto a su compañero Antoine Griezman antes el partido por el trofeo Joan Gamper contra Arsenal en el Camp Nou el domingo, 4 de agosto del 2019. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona’s squad to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Messi returned to training this week after recovering from a right calf injury picked up in preseason, but the Argentina star was not included in the list of players available for the team’s home opener at Camp Nou Stadium.

He missed the team’s 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the league opener last weekend.

Coach Ernesto Valverde is also without forwards Luiz Suárez and Ousmane Dembele because of injuries.

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