Barcelona include Messi in squad to face Inter Milan

Tyler Owen
November 7, 2018

Barca lead Group B with nine points from three games heading into Tuesday's fixture in Milan, ahead of Inter (six points), Tottenham (one) and PSV Eindhoven (one).

Luis Suarez fired them in front in the 11th minute, yet goals from Jose Angel Pozo and Alvaro Garcia Rivera swung the game in the home side's favour.

Barca is in first place in the group and beat Inter 2-0 last time out without Messi. We expect them to have a little more pressing and pressure high up the pitch.

The big news for Barcelona is of course the return of Lionel Messi into the squad.

Mauro ICARDI scored for Inter in their 1-1 draw against FC Barcelona in the Champions league. In addition to Messi being injured, Samuel Umtiti will miss another game with a knee injury.

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The 31-year-old was ultimately left out of the squad with Ernesto Valverde claiming afterwards that the Catalan club did not want to risk their captain at the San Siro.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen should get the nod in goal. With Umtiti out, Barcelona will turn to a center-back pairing of Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique to stop Icardi again.

Ousmane Dembele had the game's first opportunity in the second minute, and the Frenchman's curling strike needed to be saved by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are the other two players completing the midfield trio, with the experienced heads bringing a sense of calm in the middle of the park.

Barcelona train on Monday night in the Italian capital, after which Messi may receive his medical clearance from Barcelona's doctors.

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