Nov 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT
So Lionel Messi has decided to use Argentine doctor Luis Garcia to care for his injury instead of Barcelona physiotherapist Juanjo Brau.
Big deal or no deal?
The answer, in short, is no deal.
As in, non-story. As in, the Spanish press is bored and loves drama. So let’s wrap this one up, put a nice bow on it and keep you moving.
La Pulga went down with another hamstring injury this week meaning he faces six to eight weeks on the sidelines. Problem is, this is the third such setback Messi’s suffered this season.
So he’s sought outside care in the form of Garcia, who is not an employee of the Spanish champions, which at this point seems perfectly reasonable. Nevertheless the decision has created enough of a buzz in Spain that sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta had to come out and deny any unrest claiming Garcia is “very well known to our medical staff.”
Translation – We’re cool with it.
Still, speculation persists of potential discord at Camp Nou which has forced the Lionel Messi Management team to issue the following statement:
The process of recovery from the injury suffered last Sunday began on Monday. This injury, although of the same type and to the same leg, is not related to any previous ones.
Being a player of the Asociacion de Futbol Argentino (AFA), and having games programmed with the national team, the licensed kinesiologist Dr Luis Garcia arrived yesterday in Barcelona to represent the national team, to monitor the injury, and to know the state and scope of the same.
Barca’s medical services, as always, are those who take charge of accompanying him and treating him, like any other player at the club in other occasions.
So they will be supervising his injury during the whole process, including when Leo travels to Argentina during the Christmas period.
We want to deny completely the information published in some media, and confirm the comments of different club figures.
Juanjo Brau, a great professional who has been close to Messi for a long period of time in recent years, no longer works day-to-day with Leo because FC Barcelona promoted him professionally.
His current responsibilities are coordinating the club’s first team squad physios.
There have been no professional or personal differences, nor a distancing outside of not being as close during their daily work.
So again, nothing to see here folks.
Little Lionel is simply looking to get healthy. Still loves Barca. Just wishes he wasn’t injured.
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