The Argentine Ace is serving a four-match ban for Argentina side and he will also sit out Barcelona’s trip to Granada.


In the recent past, the Argentine skipper hit a four-match ban by Fifa because of the Argentine conduct towards the referee but the Barcelona boss Defends the Argentine star.

In his last match against the Chile Lionel Messi scored the only goal in the match from a spot kick but in the last stage of the match, he had some disputes with the match officials.


After the match against Chile, the FIFA reviewed the video and suspended the Messi just before the match against Argentina’s qualifier against Bolivia and in that match the Argentina lost their match against counterpart by 2-0 goals.

But in the absence of their main man  Argentina’s hope in the world cup qualifier is in a jeopardy situation.

The Argentine national side will appeal against Messi’s ban and the Barcelona man will also miss his club match against Granada because of collective fifth booking of the top flight season.


Luis Enrique: "It seems incredible to me,"

"He has only been booked seven times [in all competitions] this season and, with Barcelona, he is super respectful to the referees.

"He is not very controversial, he is very respectful and he does not generate controversy. He has impeccable behavior."

The Argentine team only won their one world cup qualifiers match in absence of Messi but the Barcelona head coach is not too worried about the absence of Messi as he has some alternative plans without the talisman.

He added: "In footballing terms, his absence does not affect anything because we will use the same system – all our players adapt to what we ask,"

"I would like to have Leo in all games but it is not possible. He can enjoy a rest – he is loaded with minutes and can rest."