Real Madrid boss Solari wants Barcelona's Messi to play in Clasico

Real Madrid boss Solari wants Barcelona's Messi to play in Clasico

Real Madrid boss Solari wants Barcelona's Messi to play in Clasico

Barcelona on Wednesday will play host to Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinals.

Lionel Messi is a slight doubt for the fixture after coming off following his heroics in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Valencia.

Valverde said he would make a final decision on Messi after consulting with the player and the club's medical team.

Messi was out with a broken arm in the last Clasico in October, but Barcelona barely missed him, thrashing Real 5-1 in what proved to be Julen Lopetegui's last game in charge of Real.

'It's an open tie, we have great players but they do too, some of the best in the world'.

If Messi plays it will be because he is fit. You'll also get access to the Champions League, La Liga, English Premier League, and much more. "It's one of the hardest parts of the job for a coach".

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Madrid will land in Barcelona with 21 players and Solari will have to cut out three before the game.

Ousmane Dembele, who also trained after recovering from two weeks out with an ankle sprain, has not been named in the squad.

He again featured from the bench in last week's Copa triumph over Girona but was replaced after an underwhelming 63 minutes when he returned to the starting line-up for Sunday's 3-0 win over Deportivo Alaves.

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That could lead to some fringe players being given a chance to shine at the Nou Camp - with the likes of Brahim Diaz, Isco and Marcos Llorente hoping for the call.

He has been a regular in their Copa del Rey campaign, though, meaning he could come up against Barça on Wednesday.

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