Lionel Messi’s remarkable durability means that prolonged injury layoffs have been rare in his glittering career, so it must be doubly difficult for the Argentina man when he is out of the side. Indeed, Donato Villani, the head of the Argentine national team’s medical staff, has suggested Messi “goes nuts” when not playing football.
The Blaugrana icon picked up a knee injury during Barcelona’s clash against Las Palmas on Saturday and was subsequently ruled our for a maximum of eight weeks. Villani revealed he thinks Messi will find it tough to be sat on the sidelines, but expects him to be back earlier than anticipated, per Marca:
I’ve known Leo for years and I have absolutely no doubt that he’ll be back from his injury in the shortest possible time, maybe before the predicted period of six to eight weeks.
It’s not a tear that requires surgery. It heals with an initial rest from sport and then kinesiology. Messi goes nuts when he can’t play. The desire to get back to playing and to get better have a big impact.