Leo Messi has been ruled out of FC Barcelona's US Tour. The Argentine star picked up a calf strain in his first training session back and will remain in Spain as he works on being fit for the LaLiga opener in two weeks time.
He took to social media to thank supporters for their kind messages following the news of his injury.
Here is Leo's message:
"I was desperate to get started but unfortunately a strain in the first training session means I will need to sit out for a little while. I'm thankful for all your kind messages and support. I wanted to be with the team and see our supporters in the United States. It wasn't to be this time but we'll see each other again soon. All the best."
Tenía ganas de arrancar y lamentablemente tuve un percance en el primer entrenamiento que me va a dejar afuera un tiempito. Les agradezco a todos sus mensajes y las muestras de cariño, quería estar con el equipo y con la gente que nos sigue en USA. Esta vez no podrá ser, pero nos volveremos a ver pronto. Un abrazo a todos.
Messi believes he will be back in action soon but he remains a major doubt for the LaLiga opener against Athletic Club which takes place on the 18th August.