'El Clasico' - Barcelona v Real Madrid: Preview and possible line-ups

'El Clasico' - Barcelona v Real Madrid: Preview and possible line-ups

'El Clasico' - Barcelona v Real Madrid: Preview and possible line-ups

Lionel Messi is ready to stage a comeback from a knock and tackle Real Madrid on Wednesday night after completing Barcelona's training session on Tuesday.

Messi was hurt when Barcelona drew with Valencia 2-2 at home, a result that halted the team's eight-game winning streak in the Spanish league.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is unlikely to be fit for the game, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

With growing concern around Messi's fitness, seemingly due to Barca's inability to do the business without their all-time top goalscorer, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has revealed that the Catalan giants are still set to make a decision on whether or not to field him in the cup fixture against Real.

'If our coaches asked us for a player and they want to leave Madrid, of course we would sign them, ' Bartomeu told El Partidazo de COPE.

"This action is added to the video of congratulation for the Chinese New Year that was made by the club and released this Monday, with the participation of first team players Leo Messi, Gerard Pique, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Samuel Umtiti", said the statement.

La Liga leaders Barcelona will welcome arch-rivals Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Wednesday evening to contest the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final showdown.

"I'm not big on taking risks when there are a lot of games ahead of us", said Valverde, whose side face Lyon in the Champions League later this month before a double header at the Santiago Bernabeu against Madrid.

If Messi plays it will be because he is fit.

He was rested two weeks ago when Barcelona lost at Sevilla 2-0 in the Copa quarterfinal first leg, but returned to score in a 6-1 second leg victory. "If the league ended tomorrow, it would be a different question".

Every player loves these big clashes, and Messi is in great form, so even if the manager tries to persuade him to rest, I think it would be hard to convince him of not playing. "We are in a decisive part of the season".

A hardcore Mohunbagan fan who loves Brazil and Real Madrid.

"Cristiano is the best player in the world because Messi is playing another sport", he said.

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