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Roura uncertain over Messi fitness for PSG clash

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura says Lionel Messi is unlikely to face Mallorca this weekend, but the club will wait to assess his fitness ahead of their Champions League second leg against Paris Saint-Germain.

La Liga's top goalscorer was replaced at halftime during the club's European quarterfinal first leg tie with PSG this week and has been receiving specialist treatment to ensure his readiness for next week’s decisive second leg. The 25-year-old is suffering from hamstring problems and his assistant manager is not sure if he will be able to play at Camp Nou on April 10 against Les Parisiens.

"It's difficult to say," Roura told reporters. "We'll see what state he's in by Wednesday. For the game tomorrow, logically, his chances are low."

Ahead of their Liga game against Mallorca this weekend, the Spanish coach said that the team is fully focused on securing the league title and hinted that the Catalan club could see its lineup shuffled.

"Clearly, we have to try to find the balance [with rotation]," Roura said. "I've always said, and this is no exception, that La Liga is very important to us.

"We have to be focused on the match tomorrow."

The 45-year-old coach refused to add comment on the refereeing at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, which Barca spokesman Toni Freixa had criticized earlier this week.

"Freixa perfectly explained the position of the club," Roura said. "He explained it perfectly, and we agree."

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