Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will travel to Milan ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Inter – despite not yet having the “medical all-clear” from the Spanish champions.
Messi, 31, fractured his arm during a match against Sevilla at the Nou Camp on October 20 and has missed four games, including the 5-1 thrashing of El Clasico rivals Real Madrid.
He only returned to training on Wednesday and did not feature in Saturday’s 3-2 LaLiga victory at Rayo Vallecano but Barcelona have named him among their outfield options for a key clash at San Siro.
A statement on fcbarcelona.com read: “Lionel Messi will travel to Milan with the rest of the first-team squad. He will do so without the medical all-clear, but forming part of the list of 22 players called up for Inter v Barca.
“It’s a match that, in the event of a win, would qualify Barca automatically as group winners.”
Goalkeeper Inaki Pena and defender Chumi are also in the travelling party.