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Barca will make late call on Iniesta before Chelsea - Valverde

AFP  |  Barcelona 

will make a late decision on whether is fit to face Chelsea in tomorrow, Ernesto has confirmed.

Iniesta sustained a hamstring against Atletico Madrid on March 4 but the took part in a light training session yesterday ahead of the last-16 second leg at the The first leg finished 1-1

"It's clear when a match like this arrives, a tends to risk," said today.

"What we have to decide is whether the risk is excessive."


Iniesta could be replaced by Paulinho in the starting line-up but the Spaniard's absence would represent a major blow to his team's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

"We know what Andres brings to the team, not only on the pitch but as a captain," said.

"You give him the ball and he always knows what he has to do to create chances. Everything that he contributes is postive. He is training and we hope he plays."

Lionel Messi, however, is available again, after the Argentine missed Saturday's win at to attend the birth of his son,

"He will be fine," Busquets said. "In fact he will be more motivated than what we are used to and physically he is going to be great, after having an extra game's rest. I hope that this is perfect."

Busquets was also asked whether he thought Messi, who scored his team's crucial away goal at Stamford Bridge, would ever leave and move to the

"He is at home here," Busquets said. "He has a great changing room, he is winning titles, has a great project, is winning collective and individual awards.

"In the end all these positive things are difficult to find elsewhere, so the is a league that maybe you would like to play in but if you have to balance the positive and the negative out of here, it is very difficult to leave.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 22:30 IST
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