Friday , October 22 2021

Lionel Messi returns when Barca makes Real Betis, but Ousmane Dembele misses


Lionel Messi returns in the Barcelona team for the Sunday match against Real Betis, but there is no Ousmane Dembele after reporting the disciplinary problems with the Frenchman.

Messi lost almost three weeks of action with a broken arm, but he came back this week and was named in the 19-member Ernesto Valverde for the match against Betis.

But Dembele was known for his absence after reports that he failed to show in training on Thursday without informing the club that he was suffering from gastroenteritis.

"This is not a punishment," Valverde said about the absence of the 21-year-old. "Everyone can interpret it the way he wants."

The last indiscretion of Dembele led to further speculation about the long-term future of a contract worth 105 million euros from Borussia Dortmund, but Valverde said he would be happy to help him realize his potential.

"Talb, who Dembele has, is difficult to find and we have to help him use it," he said. "We want the best of every player in our team, Dembele has amazing talent and we want to help him show him one day."

While Dembele may be distracting this week, Messi's return will come as a huge boost and the Argentinean was not alone in returning to training, with Samuel Umtiti and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen also included after injuries. Umtiti has not played since September due to a knee problem.

"Everyone who is elected is in good shape," said Valverde. "The return of Umtiti and Messi is not a risk.

"It's true that we care about Marc & # 39; but it is available to play against Betis.

"We will see tomorrow whether Messi will be ready to play for 90 minutes or not, but he has already lost fear of falling."

However, Philippe Coutinho will not appear due to the thigh tendons.

Barcelona won the weekend three points at the top of LaLiga, winning the last three league games.

Betis dropped in 14th place without a victory in the last four in the league, although coach Quique Setien believes he saw good things in the recent draws against Celta Vigo and AC Milan.

"We've taken a step forward and players will regain a bit of trust," he said.
"But we still have to deal better with some of the situations we create."

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