Barca include Messi in squad 'without medical all-clear' for Inter trip

Messi and Umtiti take part in Friday's rondo

Messi and Umtiti take part in Friday's rondo. Francesc Adelantado

Messi - who returned to training on Wednesday - is unlikely to be risked given the club's medical team have not cleared him to play, but will be on hand should Valverde feel the need to call upon him.

"Luis Suárez has been playing at the top of his ability for a very long time", he told a news conference. We will see how he will behave tomorrow in training.

"There are three or four options, but we will not take risks (with Messi)". More than anything because he is one more (player) and so we have more to choose from. Of course it's necessary to get Messi back as soon as possible.

Messi watched from the stands in the return fixture as Rafinha and Jordia Alba scored to give Barcelona a 2-0 victory.

"To be in the position we're in going into the fourth game is really good", the coach said.

"But I do not want to take too many risks". We would like to win, of course.

Suarez, who scored a hat trick in last week's drubbing of Real Madrid, completed the comeback three minutes later by arriving at the far post to steer in a cross from Sergi Roberto, striking a fifth goal in two games and a ninth in total to move top of the league's scoring charts. But you also have to be forceful.

"We expect a rival similar to at Camp Nou", he continued.

Just as it seemed they would inflict a second defeat of the season on the champions, though, Ousmane Dembele equalised with a terrific half-volley in the 87th, before Suarez turned in his second to snatch three points for Valverde and co. "We expect a better Inter".

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