Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde - Lionel Messi training but no decision on availability

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The Argentinean attacker has travelled with the squad, despite not being past fit by the medical team.

Late goals from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez earned La Liga champions Barcelona a 3-2 win at struggling Rayo Vallecano on Saturday to keep them clear at the top of the standings.

A point was enough for Barca to put themselves into the knockout rounds of the European competition after Malcom's first goal for the club was cancelled out by Inter talisman Mauro Icardi.

Icardi has regularly been linked to the LaLiga giants, who have won the Champions League in each of the past three seasons. Inter will need Icardi to score if they are going to beat Barcelona on Tuesday.

Messi, who missed Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in last Sunday's El Clasico which led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, was reportedly set to be absent for three weeks. The extra rest should only benefit the Argentina global.

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The big news for Barcelona is of course the return of Lionel Messi into the squad.

Upfront, Luis Suarez is another player who has stepped up in Messi's absence, and should be focal point of the Barcelona attack.

"I'd like to see Ronaldo sit calmly on the bench when his team is scoring five goals and he knows he could have had three of them, as happened with Icardi against Genoa". Umtiti has returned to training but is still not fully match fit yet, meaning Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will start at the heart of the defence once again.

The Champions League match between Inter Milan and Barcelona will be broadcast live on B/R Live.

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