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Barcelona captain Lionel Messi dealing with right quad injury

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is dealing with a quad injury. We break down what to make of the news as La Liga gets ready to restart.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona during team warm up before the Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad, La Liga regular season match at Estadio Camp Nou on March 7th 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

La Liga returns to action from the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, June 11th when Sevilla hosts Real Betis. However, the match everybody will be watching is Mallorca vs. Barcelona.

Barcelona is a heavy favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, but that’s not why people will be watching. Barcelona announced on Friday that captain Lionel Messi is dealing with a “minor right quadriceps injury and trained in isolation, doing specific exercises to avoid unnecessary risks with just eight days remaining before Barça finally get back to playing matches.”

They said he should be able to rejoin his teammates within a few days, but leg injuries are particularly concerning given the nature of soccer. The biggest concern is aggravating the quad, so as you consider betting and DFS options for Barcelona’s first match back, keep an eye out.

Barcelona currently leads La Liga, with a two-point edge on Real Madrid. Sevilla is in third place and 11 back of first. They are not eliminated from title contention, but this is effectively a two-horse race. Barcelona is -182 to win the league, with Real Madrid at +150. Sevilla and Atletico Madris are tied for next best odds at +25000. Slight drop there!

Real Madrid’s return to action has them hosting Eibar. El Clásico is complete for this year, so we will not get to see the top two teams face off the rest of the current season.