Barca boss plays down Messi concerns
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi is fully fit for the Champions League visit of Manchester United on Tuesday.
Messi received a blow to the face in Barca’s 1-0 first-leg win at Old Trafford last week following a strong challenge from United defender Chris Smalling.
Valverde has since confirmed Messi was badly bruised in the incident and the Argentine wasn’t involved in the 0-0 draw with Huesca at the weekend, but he will be back in the team for Tuesday’s European clash.
‘He is perfectly fine,’ Valverde told reporters.
‘He was already fine after a couple of days.
During the game, he was a little dazed, but there is no problem for tomorrow.’