Messi trends after stunning comeback for Barcelona against Valencia

Barcelona 2-2 Valencia Every player rated from a thrilling draw at Camp Nou

Barcelona 2-2 Valencia Every player rated from a thrilling draw at Camp Nou

Little did it matter that Messi had just struck two goals to lead Barcelona back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw. Fatigue will obviously be a cause of major concern as the season progresses as Valverde would want a player like Messi to be at the top of his game as the business end of the season approaches.

A chill ran through Barcelona's supporters during the Spanish La Liga match with Valencia on Saturday when Messi sat down on the sideline, his right leg stretched before him, and receiving treatment from a team trainer.

Asked at the prematch news conference in Madrid whether he wanted his fellow Argentine to be available for Wednesday's game, Solari said it would be best for the spectacle for Messi to feature.

In addition, Frenchman Ousmane Dembele returned to training on Tuesday after battling hamstring injury in the past days.

But Barca barely missed their talismanic forward, thrashing Real Madrid 5-1 in what proved to be Julen Lopetegui's last game in charge before Solari took over.




"There is a training session and we will see how he is, whether he can do it and whether he is in the right condition".

I imagine it's nothing, but we'll wait a few hours.

A semi-final against Madrid adds to a complicated fixture list for Barca, but Valverde feels a busy schedule should not be used as an excuse for either side. "If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different".

Valverde said he would make a final decision on Messi after consulting with the player and the club's medical team. "The most important thing is the player tells you he is ready".

They face Madrid before travelling to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, with Real Valladolid then due at Camp Nou before trips to Lyon in the Champions League and Sevilla in La Liga and back-to-back games at the Bernabeu in the Copa del Rey and the league.

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