December 9, 2013
SPANISH LEAGUE — LA LIGAWednesday, August 28, 2013
Messi ready to play today
BARCELONA — Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona’s squad for today’s Spanish Super Cup second leg at home to Atlético Madrid after recovering from a thigh problem sustained in last week’s 1-1 first-leg draw at the Calderon.
“In Leo’s case, yes he is fine, he trained normally,” Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino told a news conference yesterday before the clash between La Liga champions Barcelona and King’s Cup winners Atlético.
The return of Messi, who missed Sunday’s 1-0 La Liga win at Máalaga, raises the prospect of the Argentine World Player of the Year and new signing Neymar starting a competitive match together for the first time.
Today’s match features two Argentine coaches and Martino’s Atlético counterpart and compatriot Diego Simeone who said: “For those of us who like to watch football, hopefully Messi will play, Neymar is also a great entertainer,” the former Argentina midfielder, who also played for Atlético, Inter Milan and Lazio, told a news conference.
Barcelona’s promising Spain winger Cristian Tello, who turned 22 this month, will sign his contract extension until the end of the 2017-18 campaign on Friday.