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

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

Spalletti is in the second season of a rebuilding job at Inter, a club that seems to have been in perpetual transition since winning a Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday he had not ruled Messi out of playing but was concerned about rushing him back.

Messi was forced off just 26 minutes into a 4-2 win over Sevilla, who were top of the table before their visit to the Nou Camp last month, with a fractured radial bone in his right arm.

"Leo's at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait until after the training session [on Monday to decide]", Valverde said in a news conference.

"There are three or four options, but we will not take risks [with Messi]. When we moved him further up at Roma there was a lot of criticism from the media, but then all the criticism disappeared".

"We organised ourselves in his absence".

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He added, "Every player works a lot, and it's very important for our balance that we have two midfielders like Xhaka and Torreira, because the balance in midfield is also important for our balance in defence and our balance offensively".

That saw him miss a Champions League group stage win at home to Inter Milan, a 5-1 thrashing of rivals Real Madrid and a last-gasp 3-2 away win at Rayo Vallecano last weekend.

The reigning Spanish champions scored the first goal in the 10th minute through Luis Suarez who was assisted by left back Jordi Alba.

Spalletti added: "He's a complete player, he needs to be evaluated carefully because he's had injuries, he can also be a defensive midfielder, that is where he started".

Barca lead the group with nine points from three games followed by Inter on six while PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham have one point each.

"We have to give everything to win but we can't forget that they are favourites".

"We must improve and be self-critical".

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