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Messi makes Barca return from the bench

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND

Lionel Messi will make his return to action from the substitutes bench after being left out of Barcelona boss Luis Enrique’s starting line-up for the visit of Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday.

Messi has been sidelined for over three weeks due to a groin problem, but is expected to make an appearance in the second-half ahead of Barca’s huge Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez and Neymar both start despite their exertions in South American World Cup qualifying during the international break.

However, the absence of injured full-backs Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto mean Enrique looks set to switch to three at the back with Lucas Digne and Rafinha filling in as wing-backs.



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