Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Looks Sharp During Training Ahead Of Champions League Last-Eight Clash Against Roma

Lionel Messi (left) and Luis Suarez were pictured deep in conversation in training on Tuesday

Lionel Messi is set to return to Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona starting XI when Roma visit the Nou Camp for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.

After missing both of Argentina’s matches during last month’s international break, Messi only featured as a substitute at Sevilla on Saturday night when he came off the bench to score a late equaliser which preserved Barca’s unbeaten record in La Liga.

But Messi should start up front alongside Luis Suarez against Roma. And the pair appeared to be plotting something as they were pictured in conversation during a training session at Barca’s Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper base on Tuesday.

Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets were also seen chatting during a light session, which saw coach Valverde gather the whole group together for a team-talk.

Busquets broke his foot as Barca beat Chelsea on March 14 and has not played since, but he is expected to be passed fit and could start in midfield alongside Iniesta.

La Liga leaders Barcelona will start the two-legged tie as heavy favourites to beat Roma, who are currently third in Serie A.

Roma were thrashed 6-1 on their last visit to the Nou Camp — during the group phase of the 2015-16 campaign.

Both teams will be hoping to maintain unbeaten streaks.

Roma have not lost in their last five matches, while Barca have gone 16 games without defeat.

Thirty-year-old Barca striker Messi looked sharp during a brief exercise on Tuesday afternoon

Andres Iniesta (left), Jordi Alba (centre) and Sergio Busquets were seen chatting in training

Valverde delivered a team-talk to his players at the club's Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper base


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