Messi eager to return to action


Barcelona captain Lionel Messi says he is looking forward to returning to action as La Liga prepares to resume the season in Spain next month behind closed doors.

The Spanish football season was suspended in mid-March by the government to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, La Liga teams have started training again at alone club facilities after the Spanish ministry of health and government gave permission following weeks of coronavirus-enforced lockdown in the country.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to the competition returning. We know it’s going to all be very strange, without anyone in the stands, I’ve done it before and I found it out,” Messi told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Friday.

La Liga President Javier Tebas stated that all the 11 remaining rounds will be played behind closed doors and matches could resume as soon as June 12 and Messi admits that it is important to follow the prevention measures.

“There’s a risk of infection everywhere, when you leave your house there’s a risk, so I think we shouldn’t think too much about it because if you do you won’t want to go anywhere,”

“But we must understand that it’s essential we comply with the protocols and follow the prevention measures as much as we can. Returning to training is the first step but we shouldn’t get complacent and we must take all precautions necessary,” added Messi.

“With regards to being quarantined, the truth is we don’t like the idea of being separated from our families at all, but we’ll have to see what the final plan is,” concluded Messi.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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