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Barcelona's Lionel Messi not in squad to face Inter Milan

Barcelona's Lionel Messi not in squad to face Inter Milan

Luciano Spalletti did not play Icardi in Inter's 5-0 win against Genoa.

His name was then withdrawn from Barcelona's squad to face Inter on Tuesday as appeared to be still in the process of recovering from the fractured arm he sustained a few weeks ago.

"We'll know more after training", added the Inter coach.

The Barcelona boss iterated during the pre-match press conference that Inter Milan will pose a major challenge, considering they will step up after their loss in the reverse fixture at Camp Nou last month.

"There are three or four possibilities that we're studying".

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"The latest results reinforce that and this will be a good opportunity to see if we really can play on a par with Barcelona, who represent the highest level of difficulty in football". Meanwhile, Jordi Alba has arguably been Barcelona's best player in the absence of Messi, and should be the left-back for the vistors, while Sergi Roberto is likely to start on the opposite flank. "What we will not do is take any risks".

Does FC Barcelona's flawless UEFA Champions League record represent something more substantive than a hot start? "But I don't want to get ahead of ourselves too much".

BT Sport customers will be able to stream the action via the official app and the company's own website.

The company said: "To say thanks for being with us, here's a special sporting treat for our pay monthly mobile and tablet customers: three months' free BT Sport on your EE phone and connected tablet".

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