Barcelona ponder Messi relaxation as Real Madrid proceed to attend on Hazard

By AFP

MADRID: Barcelona should weigh up the choice whether or not to relaxation Lionel Messi for Saturday’s journey to Getafe forward of a congested run of fixtures, whereas Real Madrid are nonetheless ready on the return of Eden Hazard from damage.

Messi performed the total 90 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Ecuador and Bolivia in the course of the worldwide break, the second of which was performed at altitude in La Paz.

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

However, with seven video games within the area of 21 days awaiting Barca, coach Ronald Koeman may elect to offer Messi a breather earlier than the beginning of the workforce’s Champions League marketing campaign.  

Barca host Hungarian facet Ferencvaros on Tuesday after which face sworn enemies Real Madrid 4 days later behind closed doorways on the Camp Nou.

The Catalan membership head to Italy for a Champions League conflict with Juventus on October 28 earlier than video games in opposition to Alaves and Real Betis both facet of the go to of Dynamo Kiev.

Leaders Madrid are unbeaten in La Liga since March, profitable 13 of their previous 15 video games, and welcome Cadiz to the capital this weekend.

Zinedine Zidane may additionally choose to rotate some gamers however Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior are in line to play after resting whereas others have been away on worldwide obligation.

Courtois left the Belgium squad with a again damage and whereas he’s match to return, compatriot Hazard shouldn’t be but prepared for motion.

The 29-year-old has but to characteristic this season having picked up a muscle damage as he labored his method again from an ankle drawback.

He can be anticipated to overlook subsequent weekend’s Clasico, however Courtois believes Hazard will come good after scoring simply as soon as in an injury-plagued first season in Spain.

“I have no doubt we are going to see the best of Hazard,” Courtois informed Cadena Ser radio.

“He is extra determined than anybody to indicate it. He’s coming alongside properly and  hopefully quickly he can show it.

He added: “I’m positive that very quickly he’ll explode and can give many joys to the workforce.”

Atletico Madrid go to Celta Vigo of their first sport for the reason that sale of Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey to Arsenal on switch deadline day.

Partey made 188 appearances for the Atletico and was a part of the edges that reached the 2016 Champions League remaining and beat Arsenal on the way in which to profitable the Europa League in 2018.

One to observe: Oussama Idrissi

The Dutch-born Morocco worldwide may make his Sevilla debut at Granada after becoming a member of the membership on a five-year deal from AZ Alkmaar.

Idrissi, 24, scored 13 targets in 25 video games within the Eredivisie final season earlier than it was declared over in March as a result of Covid-19 outbreak.

Julen Lopetegui’s Europa League winners are one among 4 undefeated groups in La Liga this time period, with seven factors from their first three matches.

Key stats

12 – targets scored by Sergio Ramos for the reason that begin of the 2019/20 season, greater than every other defender in Europe’s high 5 leagues.

250 – targets scored by Karim Benzema for Real Madrid. The Frenchman is simply the fifth participant to achieve the mark in membership historical past

Fixtures

Saturday (all instances GMT)

Granada v Sevilla (1100), Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (1400), Real Madrid v Cadiz (1630), Getafe v Barcelona (1900)

Sunday

Eibar v Osasuna (1000), Athletic Bilbao v Levante (1200), Villarreal v Valencia (1400), Alaves v Elche (1630), Huesca v Real Valladolid (1630), Real Betis v Real Sociedad (1900)

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