Lionel Messi has not been included in Barcelona’s squad for their pre-season tour of the United States.
Lionel Messi has been given extra time to recover from the 2018 World Cup, even though Argentina were knocked out on June 30.
Barcelona travel to the States on Tuesday for the International Champions Cup, with the La Liga champions facing Tottenham Hotspur, Roma and AC Milan over the next 10 days.
Spain’s Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets are also absent, alongside Samuel Umtiti, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic.
Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will join up with the squad in Dallas.