La Liga | Barca ponders giving Messi a breather – The Hindu

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La Liga | Barca ponders giving Messi a breather – The Hindu

Barcelona must weigh up the decision whether to rest Lionel Messi for Saturday’s trip to Getafe ahead of a congested run of fixtures, while Real Madrid is still waiting for the return of Eden Hazard from injury.

Messi played the full 90 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia during the international break, the second of which was played at altitude in La Paz.

The Barca captain has not missed a single minute for his club since football resumed in June following the coronavirus shutdown.

However, with seven games in the space of 21 days awaiting Barca, coach Ronald Koeman could elect to give Messi a breather before the start of the team’s Champions League campaign.

Barca hosts Hungarian side Ferencvaros on Tuesday and then faces Real Madrid four days later at the Camp Nou.

Unbeaten run

Leader Madrid is unbeaten in La Liga since March, winning 13 of its past 15 games, and welcome Cadiz to the capital this weekend.

Zinedine Zidane could also opt to rotate some players, but Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior are in line to play after resting while others were away on international duty.

Courtois left the Belgium squad with a back injury and while he is fit to return, compatriot Hazard is not yet ready for action.

The 29-year-old has yet to feature this season having picked up a muscle injury as he worked his way back from an ankle problem.

He is also expected to miss next weekend’s Clasico, but Courtois believes Hazard
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