Messi did not have special treatment ahead of Clasico, says Barcelona

AP, Monday 27 Oct 2014

Barcelona's Lionel Messi bounces the ball after Real Madrid scored a third goal during their Spanish first division "Clasico" soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid October 25, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Barcelona says Lionel Messi did not receive treatment before playing a subdued Clasico match against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Press reports appeared Monday saying the Argentina forward had received infiltrations — injections by rheumatologists to relieve discomfort — in a heel.

Messi had only one good chance when he raced toward goal and side-kicked the ball toward the far post, but Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas gloved it wide.

Barcelona said Messi did not received infiltrations Saturday.

In a statement, it said Messi did not train with the squad Monday, but that he had done "specific exercises" alongside striker Neymar and defenders Douglas and Thomas Vermaelen, while Andres Iniesta — who injured a calf muscle during the match — underwent physiotherapy.

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