Messi in Barcelona squad to face Inter Milan despite fractured arm

Florence Fletcher
November 6, 2018

Four wins out of four, including a stroll past Inter Milan and a hammering of Real Madrid so severe it cost their coach his job, mean Messi reunites with a team enjoying its strongest run of the season, ironically without its star striker. "We have won without him but we're happy to have him with the group".

He only returned to training on Wednesday and did not feature in Saturday's 3-2 LaLiga victory at Rayo Vallecano but Barcelona have named him among their outfield options for a key clash at San Siro.

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.

"I expect a very complicated game, they have quality in all their lines but Inter have all the conditions to be able to beat them".

Messi's return means Barcelona are without just three first-team players, with Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and Sergi Samper missing the trip to Milan.

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The game will be a momentous occasion for Pique, who will complete a century of appearances for Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen should get the nod in goal.

Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Arthur are expected to make up the midfield.

Barca were without a win in four league games and defensive errors looked set to play havoc with their title challenge.

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.

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