Barcelona Issue Lionel Messi Injury Update Ahead Of Champions League Opener

Barcelona have confirmed Lionel Messi  is fit to play in their Champions League opener with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

The Spanish champions have been without their star man for all four of their domestic fixtures so far this season.

Messi has been ruled out of action with a calf injury he sustained in pre-season shortly after returning from the Copa America with Argentina.

But the 32-year-old is now set to be involved for the trip to Dortmund  in what will be a crucial clash of a difficult group for the Catalans.

Barcelona tweeted from their official Twitter account: “[INJURY NEWS] Leo #Messi and Neto declared fit for @ChampionsLeague opener.

Back-up goalkeeper Neto had also been out with a hand injury, but both players were included in the squad for the fixture.

Barca have had a mixed start this season without Messi on the field, winning just half of their matches.

A draw away at Osasuna was sandwiched by two 5-2 victories against Real Betis and Valencia respectively, which had followed an opening day defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

Boss Ernesto Valverde knows his team can afford few slip-ups in their European group stage campaign if they are to progress.

Barca have been drawn in a group along with Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague.

Messi’s return will provide a welcome boost as his club bids to improve on last season’s semi-final showing in the competition.

They were eliminated at the hands of Liverpool back in April, having led 3-0 from the first leg, only to be overturned by the Reds in an historical comeback at Anfield.

It was thought Barca would not risk the Argentine for the clash with Dortmund, due to Messi’s return already being prolonged by the re-opening of a scar.

Valverde’s comments suggest that his skipper could play a bit part role on Tueday.

“Of course he’s a decisive player, he can change games because of what he does not just to our players but to the opposition as well,” Valverde said.

“He’s the best player in the world, we want him back as soon as possible, but we want him back at full fitness, not coming back and then having a setback.”

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