• Both Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are doubts for clash with Sevilla 
  • Messi did not play a single minute for Argentina during international break 
  • Ter Stegen was rested for germany’s defeat by brazil due to a knee problem 

Harry Slavin For Mailonline

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has revealed that Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are both doubts for their La Liga clash with Sevilla. 

Messi did not feature at all for Argentina during the international break as he sat in the stands for both the victory over Italy and the crushing defeat at the hands of Spain.

Ter Stegen meanwhile was in the Germany team that drew 1-1 with Germany, but sat out the 1-0 defeat to Brazil.

Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona ahead of their La Liga clash with Sevilla on Saturday

Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona ahead of their La Liga clash with Sevilla on Saturday

The goalkeeper is a doubt now with a knee injury, and while Messi’s hamstring problem does not appear to be too serious, both still need to be checked up on.  

‘We do not know too much about the physical condition of Messi and Ter Stegen,’ Valverde said on Wednesday.

‘This Thursday they will undergo medical tests to assess their status.

‘I’m calm about Messi’s injury. Tomorrow we will see how he feels.

Ter Stegen will face a late fitness test after being rested for Germany defeat by Brazil

Ter Stegen will face a late fitness test after being rested for Germany defeat by Brazil

Ter Stegen will face a late fitness test after being rested for Germany defeat by Brazil

‘Messi finished the last game with Athletic Bilbao well, it is true that he had a little trouble, but it was nothing important. I still do not know what we are going to do, we think and hope it is not important.

‘We are not going to worry before time, when the doctors see him we will decide the steps to follow, but we think it is not important.

‘We will play in all of the competitions this month and we will see how the players are when they return from international duty. The three points against Sevilla can be quite decisive.’ 

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