'Messi Doesn't Look After Himself'
'Lionel Messi Doesn't Look After Himself'
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been struggling with injury of late because he doesn't look after himself, according to Argentina team secretary Jorge Miadosqui.
Messi has been out of action for club and country since 21 September after picking up a groin strain in the Blaugrana's 1-1 draw with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Miadosqui believes that the Argentine's determination to play every game is hampering his fitness and feels that Messi should do more to look after his body.
"The one who isn't being careful is the player, who always wants to play," the Albiceleste's team secretary told ESPN Radio.
"We all have to look after him together, I think that the national team looks after players in the best way.
"We sent the doctor for Augusto Fernandez's operation, and he went to look at Messi. We have to look after all the national team's players."
Miadosqui is expecting Messi to be available for his country's key 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures against Brazil and Colombia next month, though.
"He'll be back in the next few weeks, we hope to have him for the matches in November," he added.
"We have to thank the players who come because they do it for the shirt, for the glory.
"You have to think that they can get good results without him. We have great players to do just that and you have to be relaxed about it."
Messi has already played eight matches in all competitions for the Blaugrana this season, scoring eight goals and assisting a further five strikes.
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