Messi back for Barca but Dembele left out of squad

Rex Christensen
November 11, 2018

"We will see tomorrow if Messi is ready to play for 90 minutes or not, but he's lost the fear from his fall already".

"You have to get that out of your head, you can not be thinking if you are about to make a bad movement".

The France international's absence from training was reportedly due to his phone running out of battery, meaning it took an hour-and-a-half for him to notify the club of a stomach bug.

If Messi starts it would mark a miraculous recovery from the 31-year-old, who suffered the injury just TWENTY THREE days before the Betis game.

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Spanish outlet Marca reported this week that the club are unhappy at the way the player informed them of his illness, and Valverde said on Saturday: "The talent that Dembele has is hard to find and we have to help him take advantage of it".

While Dembele may be proving a distraction this week Messi's return will come as a huge boost and the Argentinian was not alone in resuming training, with Samuel Umtiti and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen also included following injuries.

There is good news for Ernesto Valverde as theBarcelona coach regains two key men to face Real Betis on Sunday.

Thomas Vermaelen, Philippe Coutinho and Sergi Samper are injured whilst Ousmane Dembele has been left out.

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