December 4, 2013
Spanish leagueSunday, August 18, 2013
Messi fit for Barcelona’s opener
BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona’s team doctors have cleared Lionel Messi to play in the club’s Spanish League opener against Levante.Barcelona says Messi has recovered from a strained muscle in his left leg from last weekend and will take the field today. The Argentina forward missed several games at the end of last season due to a nagging right hamstring injury.
Midfielder Cesc Fábregas and forward Pedro Rodríguez have also recovered from injury in time to play for defending champion Barcelona. Coach Gerard Martino says he is satisfied with his central defensive options and is unlikely to add to the signing of Brazil striker Neymar in this transfer window. Barcelona had been seeking a centre back, but Martino now says that “we have the position covered” ahead of the team’s opening match.
Yesterday, Carlos Vela scored one goal and set up another as Real Sociedad picked up where it left off last season by outclassing Getafe 2-0 with its exquisite flowing attack to inaugurate the league at Anoeta Stadium.
The Mexico forward netted the first goal of the 2013-14 season from a pass by Gonzalo Castro in the 42nd, and then assisted Haris Seferovic for the new signing to get a deserved goal in the 70th.
Later, Ernesto Valverde began his second stint as the coach of Athletic Bilbao with a 2-1 win at Valladolid, while Valencia marked coach Miroslav Djukic’s first game in charge with a 1-0 victory over visiting Málaga.