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Messi in Barca squad for trip to Inter Milan

IANS  |  Madrid 

has been included in the squad that flew from the on Monday for the away tie against Inter

Although the Argentine is still to be given the final 'OK' by the club's medical staff, he has recovered almost a week faster than expected from the broken he suffered against on October 20, reports

Barely two weeks have passed since Messi's and he was originally given a three-week recovery period. However, he was back in training with his team-mates at the end of last week.

When asked about an early return for Messi, on Friday insisted he was not going to take any risks with the Argentine and he was duly left out of the side which won 3-2 away to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Despite worries they were dependent on their star have managed well without Messi, beating Inter 2-0 in the Camp Nou, before thrashing Real in the 'Clasico'.

They also beat Cultural Leonesa 1-0 in the Copa del Rey before Saturday's win in Vallecas and consequently it would not be a shock if Valverde decides not to risk Messi and instead reserve him for Barca's Liga Santander game at home to Betis on November 11.

currently have nine points from their three group games and a win in would assure their place in the knockout stage of the competition.

Tuesday also sees Atletico look to avenge the 4-0 thrashing they suffered away to Borussia a fortnight ago.

Atletico go into the game after a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Leganes in which they again struggled to create clear-cut chances from open play, while travel to as leaders of the following a 1-0 win away to Wolfsburg.

will be able to play for the Germans on Tuesday after a minor muscle problem sidelined him from the first meeting between the two sides.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 18:38 IST
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