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La Liga: FC Barcelona coach Valverde cautious with Lionel Messi's return from injury

Messi has been practising with the rest of the squad only two weeks after breaking his right forearm, but Valverde says it's probably too early to have him back.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 02, 2018 21:06 IST ]
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Lionel Messi returns to training sooner than expected

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says he will not rush Lionel Messi's return to action from a broken arm.

Messi has been practising with the rest of the squad only two weeks after breaking his right forearm, but Valverde says it's probably too early to have him back for the team's Champions League match at Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Valverde says "it's only been two weeks since the injury. It's early, we'll wait. We are cautious because we want him to recover fully, without any problems."

Barcelona predicted Messi would be out for about three weeks because of the injury sustained in the game against Sevilla in the Spanish league on October 20.

The injury made him sit out the 'El Clasico' which FC Barcelona won triumphantly 5-1 against Real Madrid. The Los Blancos then sacked Julen Lopetegui and have brought former player Solari as their interim coach.

Messi's absence did not make a difference in the win over the Madridistas as Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick, Vidal scored his maiden goal for Barca and Coutinho netted one as well. 

Barcelona has a one-point lead over Alaves at the top of the standings after 10 matches.

(With AP Inputs)

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