Isco? We'd certainly talk to Madrid — Barça's Bartomeu

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

Will Lionel be fit to make it a Messi night for Madrid defence?

The Argentine star was given the "green light" to be included in the squad this week. "If Messi is fit he'll play and if he isn't in shape, he won't", commented Valverde.

"It is true that sometimes we have had doubts with players and we have waited until the last moment", Valverde was quoted as saying by BBC Football.

Barca face a testing period of fixtures, including three Clasicos in the next month.

The next leg of the tie will be played on February 27 at the Bernabeu in Madrid.

Of course, tiredness could be an issue, but that is natural for a big club that usually is in two or three competitions at the same time and Barcelona aren't any different.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said that the club would take a "last minute" call on whether to include Messi or not.

Bale is one of the many Madrid players who have recovered from injury in recent days, along with other forwards Mariano Diaz and Marco Asensio. You'll also get access to the Champions League, La Liga, English Premier League, and much more. "The calendar is very complicated", he said.

Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts after a red card during the Supercopa de Espana Supercopa Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on August 13, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. "We are in a decisive part of the season". They appear a team transformed since the 5-1 defeat by Barca in October.

That could lead to some fringe players being given a chance to shine at the Nou Camp - with the likes of Brahim Diaz, Isco and Marcos Llorente hoping for the call.

"It's always good to have the best players playing in every match", he said.

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