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Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba attacked by dreaded FIFA virus

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Barcelona are back in training after yet another never-ending international break that saw most of Luis Enrique's men travelling countless miles around the globe to fulfill their duties with their respective national teams. Unfortunately, the FIFA virus has struck again, weakening the Catalans' squad significantly in the process.

Lionel Messi did join the Argentinean national team in their tour of the United States but, to many supporters' dismay, did not play a single minute of football as a precautionary measure. Surprisingly, the No. 10 failed to return to Barcelona for further checks once his injury became apparent and stayed with his Argentina teammates as previously scheduled.

While the knock caused by Martin Demichelis' tackle in the dying minutes of the Champions League clash against Manchester City did not look that worrying initially, the fact that Messi's foot ... Read my full article 'Barcelona Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba come down with cases of 'FIFA virus' here.

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