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Barcelona senior players excuse Messi for late return

Barcelona's senior players insist they have no problem with Lionel Messi returning late from his winter break.

Messi missed the deadline set by coach Pep Guardiola for his players to return last week and sat out their victory over Real Mallorca.

But Samuel Eto'o joked: "For me, Messi could come the same day of the match. If I were coach he would play absolutely every time."

Barca skipper Carles Puyol also said: "No problem. Leo wanted to take care of some problems but was delayed in Madrid. I repeat, no problem."

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