BARCELONA – Lionel Messi does not play the semifinal of the Super Cup against Real Sociedad. The Argentinian set off the alarm this Wednesday morning by not exercising with his teammates, and the suspicions were fulfilled hours later, when Barcelona announced Ronald Koeman’s starting XI to face Real Sociedad in the Super Cup semifinal of Spain and the captain did not appear in the relationship. In fact, he was not among those called up and his presence in a theoretical final on Sunday would also be in doubt.
Messi ended the league game against Granada with discomfort in the hamstring area of his left leg and although he trained normally in Barcelona on Monday, in Córdoba on Tuesday, he did not exercise at the same pace as his teammates when they noticed these discomfort and this Wednesday he no longer attended the activation session with his colleagues.
In the afternoon he underwent a final physical test but the sensations were not the best and it was resolved to leave him out of the game. This semifinal against Real Sociedad will mean the fourth game of the season that Messi misses, replaced by Martin Braithwaite in an eleven in which Sergiño Dest, the American side who also warned Koeman was dragging annoyance, was also missing.
The position of Dest, who had played the last 13 consecutive games as a starter, will be filled by Oscar Mingueza, forming Clement Lenglet with Ronald Araújo at the center of the defense after the young Uruguayan defender recovered from the discomfort that separated him from the game from Granada.