Barcelona have named Lionel Messi in the squad to face Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg, but him playing the match remains uncertain except for last minute decision.


The Argentine returned to training on Tuesday after a thigh injury in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Valencia while Ousmane Dembele is not sure as he is still recovering from hamstring injury.

Wednesday’s tie at the Nou Camp will be the first of three El Clasico’s in 25 days, with the second leg on Wednesday, 27 February and a La Liga encounter on Saturday, 2 March

Meaanwhile, Real Madrid Gareth Bale needs to produce a strong performance if he’s picked against Barcelona or should be dropped, considering the fans feelings about him.

Real Madrid have everyone in good condition except Jesus Vallejo due to muscular issue

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