Barca includes Messi in squad 'without medical all-clear' for Inter trip

Barcelona faces Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday as it closes in on qualification, and Lionel Messi has been named in the squad.

Barca star Lionel Messi   -  Getty Images

Lionel Messi has been named in Barcelona's squad for its trip to Inter in the Champions League, but medical staff has not given him the all-clear to return from a broken arm.

Messi suffered the injury in an awkward fall when colliding with Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez during the 4-2 win on October 20.

The Argentinian star was ruled out for three weeks at the time and coach Ernesto Valverde swiftly ruled out a "magic" recovery.

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Since losing Messi, Barca has won four matches in succession across all competitions, including a 5-1 Clasico demolition of Real Madrid.

The first game of Messi's absence was a 2-0 triumph over Inter at Camp Nou last month, and the return match is up next for the Catalans on Tuesday.

Messi - who returned to training on Wednesday - is unlikely to be risked given the club's medical team has not cleared him to play, but will be on hand should Valverde feel the need to call upon him.

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