Lionel Messi and Dembele hand Barcelona fitness boost ahead of El Clasico

Lionel Messi and Dembele hand Barcelona fitness boost ahead of El Clasico

- Lionel Messi returned to training Tuesday with Barcelona squad ahead Copa Del Rey clash against Real Madrid on Wednesday

- The 31-year-old picked up a thigh injury after scoring twice in the 2-2 draw against Valencia over the weekend

- Frenchman Ousmane Dembele returned to training on Tuesday after battling hamstring injury

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 suffered knock in Saturday’s La Liga clash with Valencia that ended in a 2-2 draw.

But the Argentine star, who was tipped to sit out tomorrow’s game at the Nou Camp is now likely to play a role in the contest.

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In addition, Frenchman Ousmane Dembele returned to training on Tuesday after battling hamstring injury in the past days.

Speaking ahead of the match, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, hinted he will still carry out last minute check on Messi before making his decisions to play him.

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"I have not seen Leo Messi, we will see how it is, if it can be done, if it can be completed and if he is fit.

"El Clasico does not change without Messi; in a semi-final between Barca and Madrid there is no favourite, it is an open tie, we have good players, they too,” he said.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lionel Messi may not be fit enough for his side when they welcome Barcelona to Camp Nou for the first leg of their Copa Del Rey Clash on Wednesday, February 9.

The Argentine forward was impressive for the Catalans in their dramatic 2-2 comeback against Valencia over the weekend.

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