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Messi in doubt for Copa del Rey tie against Real Madrid

By Himanshu Sharma @boringcricket

Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Semi Final Copa del Rey Leg 1

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi is doubtful for Copa del Rey semi-final first leg clash against Real Madrid tonight. However, the Argentine has been named in Barcelona squad for the fixture. According to the team management, they will “wait until the last moment” to decide if he plays.

Messi returned to training on Tuesday after he suffered a thigh injury in Saturday’s La Liga tie against Valencia.

Ernesto Valverde on Messi

“It is true that sometimes we have had doubts with players and we have waited until the last moment. It’s the same with Messi,” said manager Ernesto Valverde.

Barcelona squad to face Real Madrid

Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Coutinho, Arthur, Suárez, Messi, Malcom, Lenglet, Murillo, Jordi Alba, Boateng, S. Roberto, Aleñá, Vidal, Vermaelen and Iñaki Peña

OUT: Todibo and Samper are left out of the squad. O. Dembélé, Rafinha, Cillessen and Umtiti are injured.

Real Madrid Team News

Defender Jesus Vallejo is out with a muscular issue for Real Madrid. Apart from him, everyone is available for Madrid. Los Blancos have named a 21-man squad for the Barcelona fixture.

Real Madrid squad to face Barcelona

Navas, Courtois and Altube
Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Reguilón
Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Llorente, Asensio, Isco and Ceballos
Mariano, Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez and Vinicius Jr.

Last Copa del Rey meeting between the sides

The last Copa del Rey meeting between two sides was the final in 2014. Angel Di Maria and Gareth Bale goals against Marc Bartra had scored once for each side,  scored a spectacular winner five minutes from the end.

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The two sides will face each other three times in space of 25 days, with the second leg on Wednesday, 27 February and a La Liga encounter on Saturday, 2 March.

Himanshu Sharma @boringcricket

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