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Messi in Barcelona squad to face Inter Milan despite fractured arm

Messi in Barcelona squad to face Inter Milan despite fractured arm”

Barca scored twice in the last three minutes to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win away at Rayo Vallecano yesterday. This sounds like the classic case of "let's see how he looks during training" on Monday before making a decision.

Messi, 31, was included in the squad to travel to Italy this week and reports in Spain suggested the Argentina maestro was keen to feature in order to boost his Ballon d'Or aspirations before next month's award ceremony.

Messi - who returned to training on Wednesday - is unlikely to be risked given the club's medical team have not cleared him to play, but will be on hand should Valverde feel the need to call upon him. Of course it's necessary to get him back as soon as possible - it's always better if he's there. One is that he plays from the start, or he comes on, or he goes off.

"There are three or four options, but we will not take risks (with Messi)".

Barca have been in excellent form without their talisman, recording five wins out of five in his absence - including the 5-1 thumping of Real Madrid in El Clasico.

If Barcelona win the match, they'll qualify from the group as winners.

Messi watched from the stands in the return fixture as Rafinha and Jordia Alba scored to give Barcelona a 2-0 victory.

The Senegalese then said that the fans can play their part in the game and that he and teammates are focused on the match. "We have won without him but we're happy to have him with the group".



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