Messi may play against In­ter Mi­lan

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MI­LAN – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said cap­tain Lionel Messi could fea­ture against In­ter Mi­lan in the Cham­pi­ons League to­day, lit­tle more than two weeks af­ter break­ing an arm.

Messi was a sur­prise in­clu­sion in the squad list as he was ex­pected to be out of ac­tion for three weeks af­ter break­ing a bone in his right arm on Oc­to­ber 20.

The Ar­gen­tine for­ward re­turned to train­ing last week and may be able to help Barcelona se­cure pro­gres­sion from Group B to­day at the San Siro.

“Leo is at the point where he might be avail­able, but we have to wait for the train­ing ses­sion. We have to see if he’s safe to play,” Valverde told re­porters yes­ter­day.

“In terms of his play and his move­ments, he’s fine. We have to wait. It’s al­ways bet­ter if he’s there. Of course, it’s nec­es­sary to get Messi back as soon as pos­si­ble.

“There are three or four pos­si­bil­i­ties. One is that he plays from the start, or he comes on, or he goes off. What we won’t do is take any risks.”

Barcelona won the four games they have played with­out Messi, in­clud­ing beat­ing In­ter Mi­lan 2-0 at the Nou Camp and thrash­ing Real Madrid 5-1 in La Liga. (Reuters)

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