Messi denies conflict with Barcelona physiotherapist Juanjo Brau
Barcelona forward, Leo Messi’s recent injury has become more a sideshow than originally expected as the Argentine was forced to issue a statement denying reports that conflict exists between the 26-year-old and Barcelona physiotherapist, Juanjo Brau.
In a statement released by Messi on Wednesday evening, ‘Leo Messi Management’ explained why the club had flown in Argentine national team kinesiologist, Luis Garcia, insisting that it had nothing to do with any sort of conflict between Messi and Brau.
“Barcelona’s medical staff has been treating him for the past two days so that he can fully recover. Due to him being affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and having matches scheduled with his national team, kinesiologist Luis García arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday, representing the Argentine national team, to examine his injury and ascertain its state and severity, the company, ‘Leo Messi Management.
“Barça’s medical team, as always, will be in charge of accompanying and treating him, as they would any of the club’s other players in these circumstances, even when Leo travels to Argentina over the Christmas period.
“We want to completely deny reports disseminated by some areas of the media and ratify those expressed by several people at the club: Juanjo Brau, a true professional who has worked closely with him in recent years, no longer works on a day-to-day basis with Leo because he has been promoted within the club.
“Brau’s current responsibility “is to coordinate the club’s physiotherapy team. There has been no personal or professional difference of opinion or estrangement beyond any arising from not being as close to day-to-day training as before.
“[Messi] will be fully focussed on his recovery in order to return to his profession and passion: football.”