Barcelona Not to Risk Messi Against Inter

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Ernesto Valverde insisted he will not take any undue risks despite naming Lionel Messi in his Barcelona squad just two and a half weeks after he fractured his arm.

Messi has not played since he was forced off in the first half of a 4-2 win over Sevilla on October 20, but Valverde included him in the party that travelled to Milan to face Inter in the Champions League.

Barca have won all four of their matches without the talismanic Argentine, with a 2-0 victory over Inter and the 5-1 demolition of Real Madrid the standout results.

“Leo is at the point where he could be available, but we have to wait. It depends on training,” Valverde told a news conference.

“There are three or four options, but we will not take risks [with Messi].

“I think it’s better if he’s there. More than anything because he is one more [player] and so we have more to choose from. Of course, it is necessary for Messi to recover.”



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