Lionel Messi could miss first El Clasico of the season in October. He will be in quarantine for 14 days when he returns from South America.
Barcelona face being without Lionel Messi for their first El Clasico of the season. The Catalan club will welcome Real Madrid to the Nou Camp on October 25.
But Messi’s participation is now in serious jeopardy after Argentina’s two World Cup qualifiers were confirmed by CONMEBOL.
The national team will take on Ecuador on October 8 and Bolivia on October 13 in two games which will be vital in their quest to reach Qatar 2022.
They are desperate to have captain Messi involved in two huge games, whilst the playmaker himself will not want to miss out on potentially his last World Cup chance.
Participation in those games would rule Messi out against Real Madrid as well as causing him to miss several other games.
Current regulations would require Messi to quarantine for 14 days when he returns from South America, missing their trips to Getafe and Alaves as well as their Real Madrid showdown.
Barcelona and other European clubs have expressed concern to FIFA over the situation and resisted letting their players feature, according to Sport.
But Gianni Infantino has confirmed the matches and committed to the Argentine federation that European-based players will be available.