Spain – Barcelona says Lionel Messi is currently undergoing some medical tests to assess a recurrence of kidney problems.
Messi had missed the Club World Cup semifinal in December 2015, due to a renal colic, an abdominal ailment often related to the presence of kidney stones without renal ducts. Although he was able to play in the final three days later, and has played in all of Barca’s league games since.
According to Fox Sports report, Barcelona says in a statement on Monday 8 February, that the tests to be conducted on Tuesday (today) are “to assess the evolution of the kidney problem he suffered last December.”
The statement made by the club says the Barcelona striker is expected to play in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia (by 9:00pm), despite missing training on Monday to have tests on his kidneys.
But his health condition obviously didn’t hamper the forward’s usual striking mode since he played the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s 2-0 win at bottom club Levante.
Messi has scored 12 goals in 17 La Liga games this season to help Barcelona go three points clear at the top of the table.
Lionel Messi will therefore return to full action this weekend against Celta Vigo (Sunday, 14 February, 8:30pm). It’s not as if the club is desperate to have Messi on the field Wednesday. Barcelona holds an insurmountable 7-0 advantage from the first leg heading into the final leg against Valencia. Barring the greatest comeback in the history of the sport, Barcelona should advance to the final on May 21.
Recall: The Barca striker has had health challenges in the past, a hormonal problem that affected his growth changed the plans of his family and his personal future. Facing expensive treatment for their son, Messi’s parents decided to move to Spain as Newell’s, this club he was playing for, were not able to afford the medical costs related to his condition, and even the wealthiest Argentine teams, such as River Plate, refused to foot the bill. Until his first trial at Barcelona led the club to sign him in and pay for his medical treatment.
Messi has remained with Barcelona since then.