Lionel MESSI double secures draw for FC Barcelona against Valencia

Lionel MESSI double secures draw for FC Barcelona against Valencia

Lionel MESSI double secures draw for FC Barcelona against Valencia

Messi missed out on October's 5-1 win, a result that contributed to the sacking of Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, and Valverde is enticed by the prospect of the clash.

Messi then struck again in the 64th minute, curling in a shot from 20 yards after Arturo Vidal had laid the ball off to him at the top of the penalty area to bring Barca level at 2-2.

In addition, Frenchman Ousmane Dembele returned to training on Tuesday after battling hamstring injury in the past days.

"I have not seen Leo Messi, we will see how it is, if it can be done, if it can be completed and if he is fit". We need to use all the players we can and we'll analyse if we need to make changes tomorrow or Sunday.

"But risking the fitness of any player - Messi or anyone else - I'm not really in favour of it because they inevitably play with some fear, and games like tomorrow can not be played with fear".

Messi missed training on Monday, but during a 15-minute open session the following day, a smiling Messi was seen doing some light jogging and taking part in a relaxed keep-ball session.

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A semi-final against Madrid adds to a complicated fixture list for Barca, but Valverde feels a busy schedule should not be used as an excuse for either side.

He refuted the claim, though, that Messi's presence would have a major impact on the game.

Barça reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey after coming back from a two goal deficit to thrash Sevilla 6-1 in the second leg at the Camp Nou. If he's in good shape, he'll play on Wednesday.

Madrid sit eight points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga but have won their last five games in a row in all competitions.

Real Madrid: Improvement is what's on this team's mind, showing something better than in the first match of the season. Although the statistic is quite staggering, Ernesto Valverde, will be wary of what the over dependency on one man can cost as we progress to the end of the season.

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