Lionel Messi ruled out of Copa del Rey trip to Valencia after kidney treatment

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Barcelona are in full control of the tie having destroyed a sorry Valencia side 7-0 at the Camp Nou last Wednesday, with Luis Suarez scoring four times and Messi bagging a hat trick.

The Argentine superstar absence from training on Monday and Tuesday for “tests” on kidney problems which surfaced during December’s World Club Cup in Japan has been communicated by the club.

Mundo Deportivo reported that Messi successfully underwent a minor kidney operation in Barcelona on Tuesday morning, but Luis Enrique was not keen to go into details when speaking with the media on Tuesday morning.

“I believe there is a statement from the club which explains it,” Luis Enrique told a news conference.

“From there the information is about a patient and is private. I have no comment to make.”

By Taiwo Oyedeji

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