Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde - Lionel Messi training but no decision on availability

Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde - Lionel Messi training but no decision on availability

Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde - Lionel Messi training but no decision on availability

Last week he returned to training, 10 days after the Sevilla game, and this week has been getting his fitness up.

The Nerazzurri netted twice in the closing stages of their previous European home game to defeat Tottenham, but this time Icardi's 87th-minute strike was only enough for a 1-1 draw at San Siro.

She also spoke about Lionel Messi on the show, insisting that Icardi has a good relationship with his countryman.

"This guy is a really special player, one-v-one he's virtually unstoppable".

Luis Suarez scored twice on Saturday, the second an 89th-minute victor to complete a late comeback against Rayo.

"We played the best team in the world and they scored a typical Barcelona goal, but we never gave up, we kept fighting", Icardi told Sky Sport Italia.


Valverde said of not including the Argentinian in his matchday 18: "We didn't want to take a risk with Leo". "We know that Inter have picked up a lot of points in the last minutes".

"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. That remains to be seen, but obviously there is a chance or else Messi wouldn't be on the list.

Messi is recovering from a broken arm suffered last month, and Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has opted to leave the superstar attacker out of the match at the San Siro, sticking with the same starting XI that scraped past Rayo Vallecano 3-2 at the weekend.

Then, Rafinha's Barca future looked bleak but Valverde's preference carries a clear message to the likes of Dembele and Malcom about the value he places on concentration, pressing off the ball and teamwork. The Catalans dispatched the Nerazzurri by a 2-0 score a fortnight ago and such a result would be enough for them to seal qualification into the knockout rounds with two matches to play.

Barcelona have coped well in Messi's absence - winning all four of the games he has missed.

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