Former Argentina team doctor Donato Villani believes that Lionel Messi could be in a ‘vicious cycle’ if he doesn’t rest properly from injury.
The Barcelona record-breaker has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks after tearing a muscle in the back of his left thigh.
And the ex-medic who worked with Messi at international level, has insisted that the forward has to recover properly or risk a more serious injury.
'These are injuries that require teamwork and programming. If he recovers, begins again and suffers another injury and then creates a vicious cycle then all it does is keep Leo away from the field,' Villani has reflected this week on La Xarxa.
'Leo is a very healthy guy but he has a way of playing and physical characteristics that make him very fast, he has speed and a reaction time typical of a sprinter. Subsequently, Leo suffers in his back leg muscles. That is an area of weakness that he has.
'You cannot put a date to these injuries. He will play when he is ready. With a footballer of the exposure of Messi, to say he will play on such a day is reckless because it produces a pressure on the environment and it is very difficult for the player and the body that is trying to be isolated from that pressure.
'It is convenient to say day by day, if earlier then better and if not, be patient.
'The psychology involved in all organic processes of our body affects our confidence. To be No 1 at the level of Messi, he must be No 1 in the head, the heart and the legs. A player like Messi and his characteristics, these are issues that alter the free functioning of the athlete,' he concluded.