Real Madrid boss Solari wants Barcelona's Messi to play in Clasico

Real Madrid boss Solari wants Barcelona's Messi to play in Clasico

Real Madrid boss Solari wants Barcelona's Messi to play in Clasico

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

"We will see how he feels, he is on track", Valverde said.

Yes, they could only draw at home against Valencia at the weekend but that's something can happen when you face strong clubs like Los Che and, from 2-0 down, it was a good point.

The Spanish giants return to Champions League duty against Lyon and Valverde will want Messi fit to play the risky French side, who inflicted a first defeat on leaders Paris St-Germain last weekend.

"It's always good to have the best players playing in every match", he said.

But the Argentine star, who was tipped to sit out tomorrow's game at the Nou Camp is now likely to play a role in the contest. "We just have to go out there and give our best", Solari said about the list of fixtures.

Solari, meanwhile, has practically a full squad at his disposal - including the in-form Karim Benzema and fully fit Gareth Bale - with only little-used defender Jesus Vallejo unavailable.

Solari may not start Bale with Vinicius Junior on Wednesday as they usually play on the same part of the field and their presence could make the squad too unbalanced and more vulnerable defensively.

His club has not given an injury update on him.

However, the 31-year-old missed the last meeting between the two sides in October with a broken arm, as Luis Suarez's hat-trick saw Barca cruise to a 5-1 win.

Leo Messi was instrumental in Barcelona's Copa Del Rey matches, as usual, helping them overcome teams like Sevilla.

"I don't think it changes anything", he added when asked how a hypothetical Messi absence could influence proceedings.

Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening in the first of three El Clasicos in the gap of one month.

"It is nearly impossible to stop the competitor Messi if he wants to play".

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