Speculation over whether or not Lionel Messi will play in Wednesday's Copa del Rey Clasico at Camp Nou will not have any impact upon Real Madrid's preparations, according to head coach Santiago Solari.
Messi hauled Barcelona to a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia on Saturday, netting both goals for Ernesto Valverde's men.
But the Argentina superstar pulled up with apparent thigh discomfort and, although he completed the 90 minutes, Valverde confirmed he had "a small problem" and would face tests ahead of the first leg of an eagerly anticipated semi-final showdown.
- Both sides will be playing the second El Clasico of the season in the Copa del Rey semis
- The rivals defeated Sevilla snd Girona respectively enroute to the Spanish Cup last four
Barcelona vs Real Madrid promises to be an explosive match as usual as both teams will playing their second El Clasico of the 2018/19 season in the first leg semi finals of the Copa del Rey.
Barca qualified for the last four at the expense of Sevilla in a thrilling encounter over two legs as Ernesto Valverde's side overturned a 2-0 deficit in the first leg to win 6-1 at the Camp Nou.
The encounter saw Phillippe Coutinho score a brace, while Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi added their names to the scoresheet to complete the 6-3 aggregate win.
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On the other hand, Real Madrid were comfortable 7-3 winners over two legs against Girona in their quarter final game.
La Blaugrana's talisman Messi has returned to training ahead of the much anticipated match following a thigh injury sustained in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in La Liga.
Though Messi missed the first El Clasico to Madrid in the first half of the La Liga season but it did not cause any problem as Julen Lopetegui's side were swept away by 5-1 with Suarez scoring a hat-trick.
All players nursing injuries are back for Madrid except Jesus Vallejo and Santiago Solari side has been on a streak of impressive performances taking Real to third position from the initial ninth.
The first leg of the encounter will taking place at Nou Camp while the second will be holding at the Santiago Bernabeu in two weeks time.
15 Feb, 2019  0  Comments
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