Champions League - Messi back in Barca squad

Mon, 27 Sep 12:23:00 2010

Lionel Messi has been named in Barcelona's 19-man squad for the trip to play Rubin Kazan in the Champions League.

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The Argentina forward has not been given the go-ahead to return to action by medical staff yet, but trained with the team on Monday and will fly to Russia.

The world player of the year has missed Barca's last two league games after suffering ankle ligament damage away to Atletico Madrid a week ago.

French defender Eric Abidal also returned to the squad after a few days off to attend to a personal matter but full-back Adriano Correia missed out with a thigh strain.

Last year's semi-finalists play Rubin Kazan in Group D on Wednesday.

Reuters

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