Barcelona want the best for Messi - Luis Enrique

By Dom Farrell 23 September 2016
Barcelona want the best for Messi - Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique defended Barcelona's treatment of players after Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza appeared to question their handling of Lionel Messi's injury.

Messi sustained his latest groin problem during Barca's 1-1 LaLiga draw against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and Bauza suggested the three-week time frame predicted for his recovery is too short.

He subsequently retracted any perceived criticism of the LaLiga champions in an interview with Sport and Luis Enrique is keen to move on from the controversy.

"The only truth in this story, because there are a lot of different opinions floating around, is we all seek the best for Messi and all the other players in the club," he told a news conference ahead of Saturday's trip to face his hometown club Sporting Gijon.

"That's the objective we are all looking for. It's always bad news when a player gets injured, dreadful news.

"The best player in the world getting injured is bad news for us and anyone who enjoys watching good football."

"But I would rather not get involved in the merry-go-round of rumours that would only aggravate the situation further."

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