Solari will take 21 players to Barcelona for El Clasico

Messi Barcelona 02022019

Messi Barcelona 02022019

They also defeated Inter Milan in the Champions League without him.

Messi, 31, injured his thigh during the weekend's draw with Valencia and was unable to train on Monday.

Both teams had enjoyed remarkable comebacks during the week to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals, with Barca thrashing Sevilla 6-1 to win 8-3 on aggregate and Valencia seeing off Getafe 3-1 for a 3-2 aggregate win with two goals in stoppage time.

Luis Suarez was obviously instrumental when Messi was out with injury for a few weeks in the first half of the season and the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are back in form, too.

'I'm not in favour of taking risks with so many games coming up, if the season finished tomorrow, it would be another matter.

It is unclear whether Messi, the all-time top goalscorer in Spanish football, as well as in the "Clasico", will be fit for the game.

Barcelona face Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final showdown next week.

Before his fitness put a damper on a thrilling match, Messi extended his scoring run to nine straight games across all competitions.

Lionel Messi is ready to stage a comeback from a knock and tackle Real Madrid on Wednesday night after completing Barcelona's training session on Tuesday.

"We will see how he feels, he is on track", Valverde said. "Then you have a decision to make and you have to weigh up the pros and cons". "The calendar is very complicated", he said.

Ernesto Valverde's side are six points ahead of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, who visit Real Betis on Sunday, and 11 clear of third-placed Real Madrid, who host Alaves on Sunday. "We are in a decisive part of the season". They appear a team transformed since the 5-1 defeat by Barca in October. The tie is wide open, we have really good players. "We are expecting them at their best".

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