Messi set for first La Liga game of the season as injury crisis eased

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Coutinho's booingBarcelona ace, Lionel Messi is reportedly set for his first La Liga game of the season as injury crisis in the club is a bit relieved.

As Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele will both miss Sunday’s clash at Camp Nou, the Argentine is closing in on his first appearance after missing out last week on calf strain injury.

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Barcelona have been handed a major boost with Messi now ready to be included in Ernesto Valverde’s plans.

Messi is expected to be named in the match-day squad, and it is likely he will feature from the bench.

During the week, a double session for the diminutive frontman was planned to take his tally to five training sessions ahead of the clash on Sunday.

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Messi’s return should ease the load on Griezmann, whose task in forward areas looked to have been made even more difficult following the completion of Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Bayern Munich .

Incredibly, this is the first time Messi has trailed both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid by three points in the La Liga table during his whole career.

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