The 32-year-old had previously made two substitute appearances in 2019-20 after missing four matches with a calf injury
In his first start of the season, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was removed at half-time against Villarreal on Tuesday.
Messi missed Barcelona’s first four league matches of the season with a calf problem, before returning for a 30-minute appearance off the bench in the Champions League last week against Borussia Dortmund.
That was followed by another appearance off the bench, this time with Messi playing the second half of Barcelona’s 2-0 defeat in La Liga on Saturday against Granada.
The Argentina star finally made his first start of the season on Tuesday, but he only lasted 45 minutes and was replaced by Ousmane Dembele at half-time with Barca ahead 2-1.
At times in the first half Messi appeared to be getting treatment on his calf, but it was unclear initially if his substitution was injury related or not.
Dembele himself came on for his first appearance in more than a month, with the French winger having been injured in Barcelona’s season-opening defeat to Athletic on August 16.
Tuesday marked the highly anticipated debut of Barcelona’s new attacking trio of Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
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Early returns were promising, with Griezmann giving Barcelona an early lead after heading home Messi’s corner kick.
But the trio would end up getting just 45 minutes together as Messi continues to fight his way back from an injury that cost him the first month of the season.
More to follow…