Lionel Messi in Barcelona's squad to play Inter Milan in Champions League

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The forward returned to training last week but was not expected to feature for Barcelona for at least another week.

Speaking on Monday, Valverde said: "Leo is at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait for the training session".

"We have to see if he's OK to play".

Their chances will be significantly boosted if Messi returns but the last fortnight will perhaps have given Barca greater belief too.

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (1) during the match FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, for the round 10 of the Liga Santander, played at Camp Nou on 28th October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

"It's a worry for anyone if Messi plays, but the attitude doesn't change". "He is obviously the cherry on the cake, the idol for all kids that dream of becoming footballers". "We need to be better in our reading of the game, but we're going to mark space, not men". We have to prepare for the game well.

"The pressure that has suffered the last generation of Argentine footballers has been for the three lost finals, we are a successful country but you cannot measure a group just for that, but for how it reached those finals".

Inter will seek hope in Barca's defensive record.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday he did not rule Messi out of playing against Inter, but said he was concerned about rushing the player back, especially as his side are on a winning run without their usual talisman.

"We're doing worse in that sense this season. We know they will score many goals together again". We expect them to have a little more pressing and pressure high up the pitch.

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