Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza has accused FC Barcelona of failing to protect his national captain Lionel Messi from injury.
The Albiceleste superstar limped off the field during Barca's game against Atletico Madrid with a groin strain on Wednesday night.
Bauza has lashed out at the Catalan club for having double standards regarding the player's fitness, and feels the Blaugrana overplay the 29-year-old.
"Barca have sent us messages to ask us to look after Messi, but they don't seem to take care of him much themselves," he told Fox Sports.
"It seems really strange that they make him play every game with the problems that he has."
Bauza highlighted the fact that Messi has been struggling with his groin for quite some time now, and finds it strange that his club plays the star in four straight matches, against Alaves, Celtic, Leganes and Atletico Madrid.
"We received the official report from Barcelona. To us, that seems strange because three weeks is not enough time to repair a torn adductor," Bauza told ESPN Radio.
"We haven't yet been able to speak with him, but we want to know how serious the injury is.
"Barcelona have made it more complicated for us. They posted an official statement and, at the moment, that is all we have to go on. Our team doctors are waiting on the MRI to know the official grade of the injury.
"Apparently, studies have been done and we are waiting on those results, which will be sent to our national team doctors. That way we will have a more definitive answer."
Messi is expected to be out of action for three weeks, and could miss the Albiceleste's World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Paraguay.
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