Ernesto Valverde has admitted he does not know how long Barcelona will be without captain Lionel Messi after the striker’s latest injury setback, but claims the problem is “not serious”.
Messi picked up an adductor injury during Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Villarreal, which resulted in the 32-year-old being substituted at half-time.
It is the latest injury blow for the Argentina forward, who is yet to complete 90 minutes this season after missing his side’s first four games with a calf issue.
Although the problem is set to keep Messi out of Saturday’s trip to Getafe, Valverde could not determine whether his star man will be fit for next week’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan.
“I don’t know how long he will be out for, we hope he can return to the team soon,” he said at a news conference (via Reuters ).
“It’s not serious, it’s a small strain but we’re going to see how he improves next week.”
Valverde added: “If he returns soon it’s a boost for us and if not then we will be missing a player who is absolutely decisive.
“But we have the resources to manage without him, it’s a setback, but we need to keep going.”
The Catalan giants are currently seventh in the La Liga table after a slow start which has seen them suffer two losses in their first six games.
They travel to Getafe looking for their first away win in all competitions since April and have picked up only one point on the road this season, losing to Athletic Bilbao and Granada while managing a draw with Osasuna.
Valverde insisted that he is not concerned by his team’s poor record away from the Nou Camp but knows to expect a tough test on Saturday.
“I don’t think we’re anxious but because everyone keeps speaking about that, it seems as if we need to win away as soon as possible to get rid of this feeling,” he added.
“It’s true that we haven’t won away and we haven’t played well away and the two things are related.
“We need to step things up away from home and we have a good opportunity to do so tomorrow.
“The fact we are playing Getafe is good for us as they will put us under real pressure at their stadium and will force us to dig deep.”