BARCELONA have lowered Lionel Messi’s training regime to avoid him needing surgery on his leg injury before the end of the season.
The Argentine forward, 31, is facing a race against time to be fully fit for the Champions League clash against Manchester United on April 10.
According to Sport, he will not be pushed to his limits at training to ensure he is available for key matches as they fight for the treble.
Messi sat out of Argentina’s 1-0 win over Morocco on Tuesday after he aggravated his pubic bone injury during Friday’s 3-1 defeat to Venezuela.
But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner eased concerns when he returned to training on Wednesday.
The source insists Messi’s injury is closely monitored by the club’s doctors – who suggest he must rest to avoid surgery.
Barcelona will need him at his best when they face United at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals before the return leg on April 16.
Ernesto Valverde’s side boast a ten-point lead in La Liga, so it is predicted that he will be rested for a handful of league games.
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Messi will also be pivotal for the Spanish giants when they face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on May 25.
The Argentine icon has continued to steal the show in Spain this season with 37 goals and 15 assists.
He is expected to play this Saturday in the derby match against Catalan neighbours Espanyol on Saturday at the Nou Camp.