It’s pretty selfish to focus only on Messi-Mascherano

mesiJavier Mascherano says Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi must to be the “most selfish person in the world” while recovering from injury.

The star forward is currently out of action for six to eight weeks due to a hamstring injury, which he sustained against Betis last weekend.

Mascherano, who coached Argentina in the draw with Ecuador without Messi, admits he knew the injury was a serious one and urged his club and international team-mate to concentrate only on himself as he works his way back to fitness.

“When Messi was lying on the ground and looking back to the bench I knew something was badly wrong,” the ex-Liverpool player said to Ole.

“Now he has to be the most selfish person in the world. I say that in a good way – he needs to really look after himself and recover well.

“An injury is never good news but it certainly does not hurt to rest properly and take some time out just for you. He needs to focus on recovering.”

Mascherano puts away the suggestion that being without Messi could prove to be a positive experience for Barcelona as they learn to reduce their reliance on him.

“Not having Messi in the team is never a positive thing,” he said.

“Leo is fine now. He has passed the stage of logical bitterness that you get when you are injured and is now focused on getting better. It is just a muscle injury, so nothing too severe.”

Barcelona faces Granada on Saturday when they return to action after the international break, a match which is followed by a Champions League trip to Ajax.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan

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