Lionel Messi in Barcelona's squad to play Inter Milan in Champions League

Virginia Santiago
November 7, 2018

Barcelona will leave it late before deciding on Lionel Messi's availability for Tuesday's Champions League match against Inter Milan but coach Ernesto Valverde said he won't take any risks with the forward's fitness.

After three games, Inter Milan and Barcelona are in control of their Champions League group.

The Catalan giants can clinch top spot in Group B by beating Inter at San Siro on Tuesday, but Valverde is expecting Luciano Spalletti's side to pose a tougher challenge than they did in their first meeting.

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Barca's captain and all-time top scorer was initially ruled out for approximately three weeks after sustaining the injury against Sevilla on October 20, although he returned to training last week.

Barcelona have won all of their last four matches without Messi, including a 2-0 win over Inter at the Camp Nou last month.

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"Leo is at the point where he could be available, but we have to wait".

"When I left Barcelona and went to Bayern Munich and Manchester City I never asked Messi to come here", said Guardiola ahead of City's game against Southampton on Sunday.

Upfront, Luis Suarez is another player who has stepped up in Messi's absence, and should be focal point of the Barcelona attack. After six games without a goal, he has now hit six in his last four.

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"I'm going to do everything I can to get selected, as I've always done ever since I made my debut with the national team", Alba said.

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