Will 'Dazed' Messi Play Against Man United? Valverde Speaks. (Image Courtesy: Daily Advent Nigeria)
Will ‘Dazed’ Messi Play Against Man United? Valverde Speaks. (Image Courtesy: Daily Advent Nigeria)

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi came away from Old Trafford with facial injuries after a clash with Chris Smalling.

Concise News reports that the Argentine maestro was rested for the weekend’s game away at Huesca and his manager, Ernesto Valverde has assured fans that he will be able to play.

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“He’s perfectly fine after the collision,” he confirms.

“It’s true that he was dazed during the first leg, but he’s perfectly fine for this game.”

Unlike Messi, there are doubts over whether Ousmane Dembele can start at the Camp Nou, having only just recovered from a hamstring injury.

“It could be that he starts and it could be that he doesn’t,” Valverde says.

“He completed 60 minutes the other day [against Huesca], which was what was predicted more or less.

“The idea was that he’d be available.

“Those who start will be important, but also those that come on.

“United have something special in the last few minutes.

“In fact, they won the European Cup here in the last two minutes.”

Meanwhile, former Barcelona captain, Josep Maria Fuste believes that the Argentine is ahead of the likes of Pele and Alfredo Di Stefano when it comes to this debate.

“I’ve not seen anyone better than Messi,” he tells Radio MARCA.

“I’ve always thought that Pele and [Alfredo] Di Stefano set the benchmark, but I think Messi is ahead of those two.”

Fuste, who won three Copa del Reys with the Catalan club, as well as the European Championship with Spain in 1964, also looked forward to Barcelona’s Champions League second leg with Manchester United.

“This Barcelona side have many players who know how to play,” he says.

“Those that start are very good, but the other players [on the bench and outside the squad] still have to adapt to this style.”