Messi may play in Club World Cup final
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP):
Lionel Messi could still play for Barcelona in tomorrow's Club World Cup final.
The Argentina forward missed yesterday's training, and was absent from the 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande, sick with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly attributed to kidney stones.
"All the situations are open. What the manager (Luis Enrique) said is that we have to evaluate, hour after hour, how he is feeling," Barcelona media officer Chemi Teres said. "I don't know if it is renal colic or kidney stones, or something else in this area."
Neymar's prospects of playing in the final against Argentine club River Plate appear to be improving.
The Brazil striker sat out Barcelona's training on Monday and Tuesday before doing some workouts at the start of Wednesday's session.
Neymar came on as a substitute in the semi-final match, but stepped up his training routine yesterday, running the perimeter of the field with a coach. He then did some dribbling drills and sprinting with the ball, isolated from the other players.
Dani Alves missed yesterday's practice with a bruised foot, but is expected to be fit for tomorrow's match.
Barcelona are bidding to win the tournament for a record third time after titles in 2009 and 2011.