Messi to return; Pique set for Champions League century

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

"He was one of the important players who allowed us to play these games, then there were deadlines and prices we couldn't meet at that time".

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will travel to Milan ahead of Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Inter - despite not yet having the "medical all-clear" from the Spanish champions.

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (1) during the match FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, for the round 10 of the Liga Santander, played at Camp Nou on 28th October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

"He's showing positive things in training, but we need a certain security threshold for him to be able to play", Valverde said. "We're seeing them create very little but be efficient with the chances the do have".

The captain, beaten in the 2014 World Cup final and two Copa America finals, has yet to confirm when he may return to worldwide action and is not in the squad for an upcoming double-header of friendlies against Mexico.




"It's a match that, in the event of a win, would qualify Barca automatically as group winners".

"Leo's at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait until after the training session [on Monday to decide]", Valverde said in a news conference.

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.

"We organised ourselves in his absence. For us it is key to have continuity in it, to be always in this constitution but beyond good results, we must be a sustainable club and grow in all areas".

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