Lionel Messi and Barcelona have moved to deny claims the Argentinian is unhappy with their medical staff after an independent doctor was assigned to work with him as he looks to recover from his hamstring tear.
He limped off after only 18 minutes in Barca's 4-1 win over Real Betis at the weekend, with further scans revealing a tear that will sideline him for two months.
However, instead of being left in the hands of Barcelona's team of medics, he will instead work with fellow countryman Luis Garcia to help aid his recovery - which prompted speculation he was unhappy with the medical staff at the Nou Camp, in particular physiotherapist Juanjo Brau.
Their sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, has since denied the claims, stating that Garcia is "very well known to our medical team."
And the 26-year-old's management company, Leo Messi Management, backed up Zubizarreta's claims in a statement which read: "This injury, although of the same type and to the same leg, is not related to any previous ones.
"Being a player of the Asociacion de Futbol Argentino, and having games programmed with the national team, the licensed kinesiologist Dr Luis Garcia arrived in Barcelona yesterday to represent the national team, to monitor the injury, and to know the state and scope of it."
They went on to add: "Barca's medical services, as always, are those who take charge of accompanying him and treating him, like any other player at the club in other occasions."
The Catalan's goalkeeper, Victor Valdes, said yesterday that he felt his team-mate seemed 'sad' after his latest injury - but his management company deny this has anything to do with the treatment he is receiving.
"We want to deny completely the information published in some media, and confirm the comments of different club figures (Zubizarreta).
"Juanjo Brau, a great professional who has been close to Messi for a long period of time in recent years, no longer works day-to-day with Leo because the club promoted him professionally.
"There have been no professional or personal differences, nor a distancing outside of not being close during their daily work."
Their record goal scorer is set to miss their next four La Liga games, as well as their remaining Champions League group stage outings against Ajax and Celtic.
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