Lionel Messi not included in the squad to face Real Betis

The No 10 has not recovered from his calf injury

Messi no participó en el último entrenamiento antes del enfrentamiento ante el Betis | Laia Cervelló

Lionel Messi will not play against Real Betis. The Argentine did not participate in the final training session on Saturday and has not been named in Ernesto Valverde's squad.

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Messi suffered a calf injury in pre-season and has not yet played a single minute since the Copa America. None of the five forwards from last year's squad are involved. Coutinho and Malcom are on loan, while Suarez, Dembele and Messi are all injured. Youth team players Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati have been picked.

The squad list is: Ter Stegen, Iñaki Peña, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Junior, Busquets, Arthur, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, De Jong, Arturo Vidal, Rafinha, Griezmann, Carles Pérez, Ansu Fati.


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