3 years since Leo Messi has suffered a serious injury

Argentine star Messi seems to be immune to injury for several seasons. The last time he suffered a serious injury was caused by the strong challenge of Ujfalusi on September 19th 2010, which resulted in a sprained ankle that kept him out of action for 10 days. Since then he has suffered minor knocks and pains that have allowed him to play almost every game on the calendar for Barca.

This season alone Leo Messi has lost only 119 minutes in the league (he was a substitute against Getafe and Deportivo), the Copa del Rey matches against Alavés and Córdoba and 105 minutes in the Champions League (against Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain). This Saturday’s game against Mallorca at the Nou Camp will be the first complete major game that the Argentine hasn’t been able to play in. To find the last time Messi missed a game, one must go all the way back to La Liga last season to Week 25 against Sporting and this was only because of an accumulation of yellow cards.

Gone is the fragility he suffered in his muscles in his early days in the first team. He’s suffered 3 hamstring injuries (2005-06 and 2007-08), which cost the Argentine a total of 4 months out if you add up all the time. To this we must add the break of his fifth metatarsal in his left foot in 2006 which left him in the dry dock for three months.

We have said before that Messi is made of rubber and it all stems from when Guardiola took over at Barca.

The Barca coach revolutionised the eating habits of the squad. He imposed a rule that the players eat at the Barcelona training ground after morning workouts and the players also began to receive advice from nutritionists.

Messi will be missed this Saturday of course but I think we’d rather have him back to finish the job in hand against Paris Saint-Germain, don’t you?

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