Barcelona make Lionel Messi decision about potential Inter Milan return

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Barcelona sits atop the group standings with nine points from three games and can clinch first place in its pool with a victory over second-place Inter.

Messi, who missed Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in last Sunday's El Clasico which led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, was reportedly set to be absent for three weeks.

Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring their third goal during the Champions League group B football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 3, 2018.

Messi is recovering from a broken arm suffered last month, and Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has opted to leave the superstar attacker out of the match at the San Siro, sticking with the same starting XI that scraped past Rayo Vallecano 3-2 at the weekend. We expect them to have a little more pressing and pressure high up the pitch.

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He has travelled with the squad to Milan without the all-clear from the club's medical team.

"They're still there and let's not forget who's not there", Moreno said on ESPN FC, discussing Barca's Champions League credentials this term up against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. Meanwhile, Jordi Alba has arguably been Barcelona's best player in the absence of Messi, and should be the left-back for the vistors, while Sergi Roberto is likely to start on the opposite flank. Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are the other two players completing the midfield trio, with the experienced heads bringing a sense of calm in the middle of the park.

Substitute Dembele got Barca out of trouble with a perfectly struck half-volley in the 87th minute after a knockdown by Pique.

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