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Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s season final in the Spanish League when he travels to the Blaugrana to face Ibar, the landing pad.
Ronald Koeman’s team is now a long way from the title race after a streak of just one victory in five matches, but after a faltering start to the season, qualifying for the Champions League can be seen as a relative success.
Conversations about Messi’s future around the Camp Nou have continued like a black cloud, and although he tends to stay with the club, chances are we have seen another Barca No.10 shirt.
The club confirmed that Koeman had given Messi permission not to train or play at weekends, citing the busy season and the short turnaround before the Copa America.
Messi once again proved – not that he needed to – how amazing he is in this match, as he scored 30 goals and nine assists in 35 league matches.
The Argentine has not played more than two games without scoring since November, which has pushed Barcelona alone into the title race at the end of the season.
Koeman will also miss the services of star goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after the German underwent knee surgery during the week.
That would pave the way for Neto to make his twelfth appearance this season in a defensive structure that will require at least two changes with Clement Lenglet suspended.
He should be replaced by compatriot Samuel Umtiti in the center, while Serginho Dest is likely to return at right-back instead of Osman Dembele with Jordi Alba remaining on the left.
Sergio Busquets will land the midfield again and welcome back partner Frenkie de Jong after the Dutch lost their defeat to Celta Vigo due to suspension.
The club confirmed that Pedri would miss the match, allowing Alex Moriba to complete the midfield hat-trick. This would be the only game in La Liga throughout the season that Pedri failed to appear.
Antoine Griezmann will lead in the absence of Messi. Although he was not at his best, this season was much better than last season for the Frenchman.
Beside him there has to be a place for Dembele to move forward after his role as full-back the last time.
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