Barcelona's Lionel Messi faces fitness race ahead of Copa Clasico

Barcelona's Lionel Messi faces fitness race ahead of Copa Clasico

Barcelona's Lionel Messi faces fitness race ahead of Copa Clasico

Lionel Messi is a doubt for Wednesday's Copa del Rey Clasico semi-final at home to Real Madrid after sustaining a thigh injury in the 2-2 draw with Valencia.

Valencia struck twice in eight first-half minutes, first through Kevin Gameiro and then via Dani Parejo's penalty, following a foul by Sergi Roberto.

What a strike. Messi's now got 21 La Liga goals to his name as he enjoys another prolific campaign for Barcelona.

"I can't say exactly what problem he has, I don't know", the Spanish tactician was quoted as saying by Marca.

The World Cup victor will train with the group after the weekend, when the medical staff will re-evaluate his physical condition.

Lionel Messi rescued a point for Barcelona by bagging a brace and he did it in typically stunning, stunning fashion.

Marcelino's side's strategy of intense pressing and rapid counter-attacks paid off with their two goals while their organisation and discipline prevented Barca from hitting top gear, even through Sergi Roberto nearly equalised before the interval when his shot hit the post.

Marc Andre Ter Stegen is only second to Jan Oblak in the running for clean sheets.

All eyes will be on Lionel Messi who has 19 goals in 19 league matches, as well as Coutinho who hit two goals last time out.

Valencia lost Gameiro to injury shortly after when the striker asked to be substituted after being shaken up when he knocked heads with Gerard Pique. "If he's in good shape, he'll play on Wednesday [against Madrid]".

Fourth-placed Sevilla have won only one of their past six league games.

Celta Vigo broke a five-match losing streak and escaped the relegation zone by beating Sevilla 1-0 at home thanks to Okay Yokuslu's second-half goal.

Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to deal their northern Basque Country rivals a first defeat in seven games since the arrival of coach Gaizka Garitano in December.

Getafe's 0-0 draw at Levante was marred by 11 Getafe fans being arrested for provoking a clash with rival supporters outside the stadium in Valencia.

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