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Papers: ‘Welcome home, Leo’ – Messi returned to training

Leo is back but has to work in isolation.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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We thought we’d never see him here again but yesterday, Lionel Messi returned to training. Of course, even though he tested negative, the Argentine has to train in isolation for a couple of days.

Needless to say, he’s also all the papers could talk about this morning. SPORT went with a title that says ‘Welcome home, Leo‘ and it’s pretty self-explanatory.

Now that he’s back with Barça, Messi will give his all and he explained as much to the coach. The Argentine met Ronald Koeman and the two discussed for about half an hour.

Still, the biggest takeaway from their meeting was the Argentine’s guarantee of commitment. Leo’s loyalty should not be doubted.

Mundo Deportivo went in a rather similar direction. They said that Messi had returned to training but has to train alone due to COVID-19 protocols.

There are also some updates on the transfer market. Mundo Deportivo state that Memphis Depay should cost around €30m and is surely more affordable than Lautaro Martínez.

The outlet says the Argentine’s transfer is ‘impossible‘. As far as Eric García is concerned, Barcelona want to negotiate a price and his arrival is also on the cards.

Of course, they are not the only players whose future is yet to be decided. One way or another, it looks like a rather busy window is ahead of the Catalans.

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Injury Update: Ansu Fati could avoid surgery as treatment is going well currently

Aaryan Parasnis

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According to RAC1, there is finally a glimmer of positive news regarding Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati’s recovery from injury. After consistent roadblocks in his recuperation, he may seemingly be on the right track to return to action.

The winger suffered significant damage to the internal meniscus of his left knee back in November 2020. After immediately going under the knife, Fati has been sidelined ever since. His return was scheduled for early March but due to constant setbacks, he has had to consider multiple surgeries to follow up.

Fati was undergoing a biological regenerative treatment after his first procedure under Dr Ramon Cugat, under the supervision of Barcelona’s medical team. However, he faced repeated swelling of the knee, which prevented him from doing anything aside from targeted work in the gym.

After reportedly going through a second surgery and even facing the possibility of a third procedure, Ansu Fati, unfortunately, is already set to miss out on the rest of the season alongside midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

However, these latest reports seem to finally bear good news about the teenage sensation and his recovery. The report highlights that if these positive feelings continue, he will be able to avoid going to the operating room once again, which would be very beneficial. He will also apparently travel to Seville on Friday with the rest of the players ahead of their Copa del Rey final.

Fati’s killer instinct in front of goal has certainly been missed sorely at times this season alongside of course, his immense technical ability. Barcelona and their fans will be hoping that the road to a full recovery is smooth from here on out for their budding star.

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