Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Messi in Barcelona squad to face Inter Milan despite fractured arm

Messi in Barcelona squad to face Inter Milan despite fractured arm

Barcelona sits atop the group standings with nine points from three games and can clinch first place in its pool with a victory over second-place Inter.

Barcelona sparked confusion by omitting Messi from the original squad list for the game published on social media, only to amend it minutes later with their captain included.

"To debut in the Champions League and score a goal, I will celebrate with the family".

Luciano Spalletti did not play Icardi in Inter's 5-0 win against Genoa.

Lionel Messi is available to play for Barcelona, having recovered from the the broken arm he suffered October 20 that sidelined him for three games. "But I don't want to get ahead of ourselves too much".

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Thomas also should have had India captain Virat Kohli on 4 but West Indies captain Jason Holder dropped the catch at first slip. The hosts wasted no time in completing the 105-run target after the bowlers laid the foundation of a massive victory.

"Leo is at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait for the training session".

Dembele had a goal-bound strike blocked by Luis Suarez just before the 30-minute mark, before the latter fired wide of the far post with Inter standing and watching from a half-cleared corner. We expect them to have a little more pressing and pressure high up the pitch.

Finally, Suarez scored his second and Barcelona's victor in the dying seconds of the match to rescue the full three points for the Catalan giants.

Instead, the more diligent Rafinha was named in the starting line-up at home to Inter last month and the Brazilian justified Ernesto Valverde's faith by scoring the opener against the same club he played for on loan only five months ago.

Their chances will be significantly boosted if Messi returns but the last fortnight will perhaps have given Barca greater belief too.

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