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Barcelona round-up: Messi injury doubts, Alcacer and NYC

Messi is an injury doubt for Saturday evening's match against Alavés while the club is set to open a new office in New York City.

Barcelona round-up: Messi injury doubts, Alcacer and NYC

Messi in doubt for Alavés clash

The club released a statement yesterday evening with an update on Leo Messi’s fitness following his return from Argentina. It read: “The tests conducted today have confirmed that Leo Messi’s muscle strain persists. It is recommended that he reduce his workload in the upcoming days and the development of the injury will determine his availability [for the future matches].”

Messi took to social media to calm the nerves of concerned Barcelona fans: “Everything is fine, I have to slow things down as I recover with physio, but it's nothing to worry about. Thanks to you all for your support.”

Leo Messi reassured fans that his injury niggles are nothing to worry about.

Alcacer to be presented on Thursday

Barça’s new €30 million man will be unveiled at the Camp Nou on Thursday shortly after midday. The striker, who was an unused substitute in Spain’s 8-0 win over Liechtenstein last night, will then hold a press conference at 13.30 CEST.

Back to work

Masip, Aleix Vidal, Jeremy Mathieu, Rafinha and Arda Turan have rejoined the squad following the international break. Ter Stegen is expected to join up with his teammates today while the Spanish players are due to return on Wednesday.

ter Stegen is due back to training today

A new office in New York

President Josep Maria Bartomeu is in New York today to open a new club office at heart of Manhattan on Park Avenue. The office, which follows the inauguration of a Hong Kong office in 2014, is expected to boost commercial activity for the club across the United States. Barça legend Ronaldinho will act as the club’s ambassador in the city.

A virtual image of the new Barcelona office in downtown New York.

The club’s Marketing Vice-President Manuel Arroyo told the club website that similar projects are in the pipeline for South America and China. “New York will not be the last office that we open. We fervently believe that we need a greater presence in China and the Southern Cone of South America,” he said.