FC BARCELONA

Lionel Messi to line up for Barcelona after injury concern

The Argentine talisman has been cleared to face Real Mallorca on Saturday, according to the Catalan club's manager, Quique Setien.

Messi set to face Mallorca, says Barca boss Setien

Barcelona head coach Quique Setién said he did not have "any doubts" over Lionel Messi's fitness as the superstar captain prepares to face Real Mallorca.

LaLiga back with Messi to star

Messi returned to group training on Monday following concerns over a quadriceps injury that forced the six-time Ballon d'Or winner to train away from the squad.

LaLiga resumes on Thursday following a three-month break enforced by the coronavirus pandemic, with leaders Barça – two points clear of Real Madrid through 27 games – visiting Mallorca on Saturday.

Messi is set to face Mallorca after Setién told Catalunya Radio: "We didn't have any doubts over his availability against Mallorca.

"There have also been others with [injury] problems. He stopped [training] out of precaution."

Meanwhile, Luis Suárez has been declared fit to play for Barça in their final 11 matches of the 2019-20 season after recovering from the knee operation he underwent in January.

Suárez had surgery on the external meniscus of his right knee at the start of the year, having reportedly struggled with the issue for several months at that point.

Setién, however, is unsure whether the 33-year-old Uruguay international forward will start away to Mallorca.

"It's something that we have to talk about," Setién said. "I'm sure he could play from the start. It would be hasty for him to play the whole match. We don't know if he'll play from start to finish.

"He's doing very well, but we have to avoid putting him at risk. Any [injury] problem makes you miss three or four matches, which would be very damaging."

Setién added: "He's an extraordinary player. He has some qualities that any team would want.

"He's very active, he puts a lot of pressure on opponents and defences, his movement is good and he has great effectiveness. He's a great addition, without doubt."