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Lionel Messi unlikely to play La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona registered a massive 4-0 win over Napoli on Sunday in a club-friendly match.

Lionel Messi unlikely to play La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao
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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde revealed that it is unlikely that Lionel Messi will feature in the club`s La Liga opener which will be played against Athletic Bilbao. Messi is currently suffering from a calf strain and due to this he even missed Barcelona`s trip to the United States.

"He`s in the recovery process and I don`t know if he will be ready for the start of La Liga. It`s looking difficult," Goal.com quoted Valverde as saying.

Barcelona registered a massive 4-0 win over Napoli on Sunday in a club-friendly match. Antoine Griezmann scored his first goal for the club and Luiz Suarez scored two goals in the match. Ousmane Dembele also netted a goal in the match.

"Goalscorers are always boosted by the chances they get, by goals... it`s good for them to have a good relationship with the goal," he said.

"He had clear chances to score earlier, too. I am happy that all the forwards scored, including him (Griezmann), above all because he gives us a lot in attack with his movement. It`s positive to see how he`s playing," Valverde added.

Barcelona will play against Athletic Bilbao on August 17 and will look to get their campaign off to a winning start.