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Messi and Dembélé in Barcelona squad to face Inter

Ernesto Valverde was unsure over the fitness of club captain Lionel Messi, but he and Ousmane Dembélé are in the squad to take on Inter.

Messi and Dembélé in Barcelona squad to face Inter
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Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembélé have been passed fit to be included in the Barcelona squad to face Inter in the Champions League.

Club captain Messi has only started one game this season in all competitions due to calf and thigh injuries respectively.

Dembélé has also been included in a 20-man squad named by coach Ernesto Valverde, after a minor knock, but teenage prodigy Ansu Fati remains out with a knee problem.

Defenders Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba are still sidelined and will miss Wednesday's Group F game at Camp Nou.

Alexis in line to start for Inter after Lukaku ruled out

Inter have been dealt a blow with head coach Antonio Conte confirming in a news conference that striker Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out.

Lukaku's absence could open the door for former Barça forward Alexis Sánchez to start for the Nerazzurri, who drew their opener at Slavia Prague.


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