Champions League: Barcelona vs Roma: Valverde gives update on Messi, Busquets


Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that both Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets are fit for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Roma.

Busquets has been sidelined for three weeks since breaking a bone in his foot against Chelsea on March 14.

However, he has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s game, after he returned to training on Monday.

“Busquets has trained twice this week, gradually improving, and we think he will be even better [on Wednesday].

“He’s an important player for us and for Spain because of the level he’s consistently been playing at for so many years. We think he will be OK [to start] but I can’t guarantee that yet,” Valverde said in a news conference on Tuesday.

Messi missed Argentina’s friendlies against Italy and Spain with an injury, but came on as a substitute for Barca at the weekend, scoring a last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Sevilla.

“If Messi is in the squad, then he has a chance of starting,” Valverde said when asked if the forward would begin the game against Roma.


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