‘Smalling hit Messi like a train!’ – Valverde unhappy with Manchester United defender
The Barcelona boss has spoken out on the challenge that left Lionel Messi bloodied and bruised at Old Trafford
Lionel Messi could be rested against Huesca after a challenge by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was compared by Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde to being hit by a train.
Messi was left with a swollen eye and a bloody nose after being caught in the face by Smalling’s elbow during the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
The Barcelona captain completed the match, which Valverde’s side won 1-0, but he could sit out their trip to La Liga strugglers Huesca this weekend.