Messi trends after stunning comeback for Barcelona against Valencia

Messi trends after stunning comeback for Barcelona against Valencia

Luis Suarez scored twice in last term's final as Barca brushed aside Sevilla 5-0 and the Uruguay worldwide added to Los Rojiblancos' woes with a strike in the 6-1 win when the sides met in last week's quarter-final second leg.

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.

Valverde added: "It is true that sometimes we have had doubts with players and we have waited until the last moment, and it's the same with Messi".

Real Madrid also have the small matter of the Madrid derby not to mention Champions League fixtures against Ajax in a hectic schedule.

Barça reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey after coming back from a two goal deficit to thrash Sevilla 6-1 in the second leg at the Camp Nou. The Barca coach will then have to decide whether Messi is fit enough to start the game.

Messi missed training on Monday, but during a 15-minute open session the following day, a smiling Messi was seen doing some light jogging and taking part in a relaxed keep-ball session.

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Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari had said earlier on Tuesday that he hoped Messi would be available.

"We put in a massive effort, it's not easy to play against Valencia who were feeling more confident after their recent results".

"It's always good when the best players get to play every game, but whether or not he plays will not influence the way we prepare for the game at all", Solari said.

Ousmane Dembele, who also trained after recovering from two weeks out with an ankle sprain, has not been named in the squad.

The draw presented Atletico Madrid, playing on Sunday, the chance to close the gap at the top to three points. They appear a team transformed since the 5-1 defeat by Barca in October.

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