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Argentina FA apologises to Barcelona over Bauza's comments on Messi

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe examines Lionel Messi's latest injury and the concerns surrounding his lack of recovery time.

The Argentine Football Association has apologised to Barcelona after national team coach Edgardo Bauza criticised the Catalan club for failing to take proper care of Lionel Messi.

Messi injured his groin in Barca's draw with Atletico Madrid in midweek and is set to be sidelined for the next three weeks.

As well as the Blaugrana's trips to Sporting Gijon, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celta Vigo, he's also expected to miss Argentina's World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Paraguay in October, which...

Everyone wants the best for Lionel Messi - Barcelona's Luis Enrique

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The FC panel answer your tweets on Barcelona's formation without Lionel Messi, Spain's reaction to Pep at Man City and more.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe examines Lionel Messi's latest injury and the concerns surrounding his lack of recovery time.
ESPN's Toni Collins assesses just how important Lionel Messi is to Barca as he is now sidelined with injury.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down the latest from the social media world, including the hysteria over Lionel Messi's injury.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique refused to be drawn into a war of words with Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza as he prepares for Saturday's visit to his former club Sporting Gijon without Lionel Messi.

Bauza accused Barca of failing to look after Messi -- who will be sidelined for three weeks after injuring his groin against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday -- although he has since added that he's not looking for a fight with the Catalan club.

As measured as ever, Luis Enrique refused to indulge in a club...

'I don't want to fight with Barcelona' - Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down the latest from the social media world, including the hysteria over Lionel Messi's injury.

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza says he doesn't want a fight with Barcelona as he backtracked on comments blaming the Catalan club for Lionel Messi's injury.

A club vs. country storm has surfaced after Messi picked up his second groin problem in less than a month during his side's draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Barca have since revealed he'll be out for three weeks, meaning he's expected to miss his country's World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru in October. The coach is understandably...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Barcelona 'don't take care of' Messi - Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe examines Lionel Messi's latest injury and the concerns surrounding his lack of recovery time.
ESPN's Toni Collins assesses just how important Lionel Messi is to Barca as he is now sidelined with injury.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down the latest from the social media world, including the hysteria over Lionel Messi's injury.
Luis Enrique recalls Barcelona's experience playing without Lionel Messi, and has confidence his team can persevere.
ESPN FC's Paolo Bandini discusses how Lionel Messi's injury in the match against Atletico Madrid will affect Barcelona.

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza on Thursday blasted Barcelona for not taking care of Lionel Messi and doubted he would be fit in time for his country's World Cup qualifying matches next month.

Messi was injured on Wednesday in Barcelona's 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid, and the club reported that he has a torn right adductor and will be out for three weeks.

Bauza was critical of Barcelona for playing Messi in four games in 12 days despite a groin injury in his other leg that limited him earlier...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Mauro Icardi 'never thought about leaving' Inter Milan

How much can we read into Inter's come from behind win against Juventus over the weekend?

Mauro Icardi says the idea of leaving Inter Milan never entered his mind during the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old was linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, with his wife and agent Wanda Nara even claiming to have met with the club in July.

But Icardi told Mediaset he never wanted to leave the Nerazzurri.

"The club invested heavily in the summer, bringing in quality players and this is an advantage for me," Icardi said.

"I want to win with this shirt. I want to stay here. I am...