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Messi and Dembele included in squad for Inter match

Barcelona vs Inter Twenty players have been called up

Lionel Messi during Barcelona's training session on Monday.
Lionel Messi during Barcelona’s training session on Monday.
Francesc Adelantado

Lionel Messi has been named in Barcelona‘s 20-man squad for the visit of Inter on Wednesday night.

The Argentine has participated in the Blaugrana‘s training sessions in the lead up to the game and that has seen Ernesto Valverde take a punt by including Messi in his squad list.

The head coach did state in his press conference, however, that Barcelona will not take any chances with Messi.

Now, the big question will be whether Barcelona‘s captain is in a position to start or whether he will have to make do with a place on the bench.

Given the fact that he’s already had two injuries so far this season, added to the fact he didn’t have a pre-season due to the first of those two knocks, it seems unlikely that Messi will play the entire 90 minutes, so the latter option is more likely.

Ousmane Dembele has also been called up by Valverde for the Inter clash, despite complaining about his injury not having fully recovered just hours before the Getafe match on Saturday.

In total, 20 players have been called up, which means that Valverde will have to discard two players from the squad before the match itself.

Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto

Defenders: Nelson Semedo, Moussa Wague, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jean-Clair Todibo, Junior Firpo

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arthur Melo, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Carles Alena, Arturo Vidal

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Carles Perez.

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