Ernesto is Likely to be Without Messi in Bilbao and Neto Sideline

The Barcelona Coach, Ernesto Valverde is already likely to be without Lionel Messi against Bilbao and the Barcelona’ s back - up goalkeeper Neto will be sidelined for 4 - 6 weeks after he underwent surgery Tuesday on his injured wrist, the club said .

Messi missed the friendly win over Napoli on Saturday after sustaining a calf tear in training last week.

Neto joined Barcelona this summer from Valencia, with fellow goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen leaving Camp Nou and going the other way.

More so, Neto , who suffered the injury in training while on a US tour , will, therefore, miss Barca’s opening La Liga game away to Athletic Bilbao on Friday .

“Doctor Xavier Mir successfully carried out surgery this morning on a fractured scaphoid bone on the left hand of first- team player Neto. The downtime will be around six to eight weeks ,” a club statement read.