Barca boss plays down Messi concerns

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi is fully fit for the Champions League visit of Manchester United on Tuesday.

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.’

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