Barca Declares Messi Fit For Champions League Tie With Dortmund

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Barcelona fans have been boosted by the news that Lionel Messi has been named in their Champions League squad to face Borussia Dortmund.

The Spanish champions take on Marco Reus and co. in Germany on Tuesday as they look to get off to a good start in Europe.

Messi is yet to feature for Barcelona this season and they have managed a mixed set of results despite Antoine Griezmann impressing upfront.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde will be delighted to see his star player back in the fold after giving an update late last week.

“At first it seemed like a small break in the recovery,” he said.

“I’m not a medic but he opened the scar a bit and that made us go with more calm.

“He will be back soon.

“I don’t know if that’s Tuesday or further down the line, I don’t want to create expectations.

“I think Tuesday’s difficult, we don’t want to take a step back.”

Another issue with Messi and the Catalan giants is their failure to tie the player’s future down longer than his current deal.

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