MADRID (AFP) – World Cup clash with Brazil, could miss Sunday's Spanish Super Cup clash with ., who has pleaded to be left out of Barcelona's opening league game to concentrate on his country's crucial
The Spanish champions said Thursday that Messi has a groin injury picked up in training for the midweek international friendly win in Russia, a match which he sat out.
"I want to play all Barcelona's matches up to the game against Shakhtar Donetsk (European Super Cup on August 28), but then rest until the match against Brazil (Sept 5)."
Barcelona are due to open the defence of their La Liga title on Monday, August 31.
2010 World Cup finals with 22 points, just two ahead of Ecuador but five behind leaders Brazil.are currently in fourth place in South American qualifying for the
Only the top four sides qualify automatically for the finals in South Africa.