Lionel Messi could play against Inter, says Ernesto Valverde

Lionel Messi could play against Inter, says Ernesto Valverde

Messi had trained the same day, along with other players not involved in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Ernesto Valverde is without three first-team players as Barcelona prepare to face Inter Milan at San Siro in a Group B tie of the UEFA Champions League.

The Barcelona boss iterated during the pre-match press conference that Inter Milan will pose a major challenge, considering they will step up after their loss in the reverse fixture at Camp Nou last month. We know we have to improve, but the important thing is the goal difference.

Together they ruled the world at Barcelona - but Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he has never thought about reuniting with Lionel Messi.

Inter Milan will be looking to take a major step to the knockout phase of the Champions League, but have the unenviable task of facing a Barcalona side who have a flawless record in this seasons competition. In addition to Messi being injured, Samuel Umtiti will miss another game with a knee injury.

Clement Lenglet headed over the Inter goal just before the hour as Barcelona came close once again, before Handanovic made a smart save to keep out an effort from Rakitic.

The Argentinean wizard had not received the medical all-clear before travelling to Milan. With a crunch game against title rivals Atletico Madrid coming up, Valverde may rest his key man. Ousmane Dembele is slated to replace Messi in the side.

Guardiola parted ways with Messi and Barcelona in 2012, and went on to manage Bayern Munich before guiding the Sky Blues to the Premier League throne last season.

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