After confirming his continuity in the club, the Rosario must wait for the result of the coronavirus test to join the squad practices.
After eleven days of maximum tension between Lionel Messi and Barcelona, the panorama was clear, at least in the short term, and the dynamics tend to normalize after an earthquake that will surely leave consequences. For now, the Rosario will have to return to work with those who will continue to be his companions. He did not do it this Saturday, because he has yet to wait for the result of a coronavirus test, but, if all goes well, he will do it on Monday.
The new Barça coach, the Dutch Ronald Koeman, conducted a training session with reduced staff on Saturday at the Joan Gamper Sports City. The injured footballers were not present, nor were those suffering from covid-19 or those who were summoned by their national teams to play League of Nations matches. And neither was Messi.
It was taken for granted that the captain of the Argentine national team would not train, but there was speculation that he would go to the Ciudad Deportiva to undergo the PCR test that he had avoided last Sunday, a fact that had marked an escalation in the battle against him. club in their failed attempt to disengage.
But the absence, this time, was not a dispute with the leadership of the institution. According to Catalan media, the player will be tested at his home. If there are no setbacks with it, he will return to practice on Monday, since Koeman gave his players rest on Sunday, although the first days he must do so without contact with his teammates, as established by the health protocol of the Spanish League.
And just as the last days were vertiginous, with the uncertainty on the surface about the Argentine’s continuity in the Catalan club, his re-entry to the squad also seems to be vertiginous. According to the Catalan media, Messi could be part of the team that next Saturday will face Gimnástic de Tarragona, from the third division of Spain, at the Johan Cruyff stadium of the Sports City, in the first friendly of the Koeman cycle.
Although the Spanish League will begin next weekend, Barcelona, which had official activity until August 14 (when it fell 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League), will only debut on the third date , the weekend of September 27 and 28, when he will receive Villarreal at the Camp Nou.
Who surely Messi will no longer find when he returns to training with his teammates will be Luis Suárez, one of his great friends, who is not taken into account by Koeman for this new cycle. His departure to Italy to join Juventus is imminent.
Next week, the forward of the Uruguayan team will take an Italian language and culture exam in Barcelona which, if passed, will allow him to obtain a community passport (his wife, Sofía Balbi, has an Italian passport) and not occupy a foreign place in the Old lady. In that case, everything will be ready for you to leave Catalonia.