Lionel Messi was named in Barcelona's squad on Tuesday ahead of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid, but coach Ernesto Valverde insists he will not take any risks with his captain's fitness.
Messi returned to training on Tuesday before the first leg at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, despite feeling discomfort in his thigh during Barca's draw with Valencia on Sunday.
The Argentinean missed training on Monday but was back with the squad on Tuesday evening. During the 15 minutes open to the media, a smiling Messi was seen doing some light jogging and taking part in a relaxed keep-ball session.
Shortly before training, Valverde had said at a press conference: "I have not seen him yet and I don't have an answer. There is a training session and we will see how he is, whether he can do it and whether he is in the right condition. Then we will decide. If he is fit, he will play and if he is not, he will not play."
Valverde added: "It is true that sometimes we have had doubts with players and we have waited until the last moment, and it's the same with Messi."
Barcelona face a testing period of fixtures, including three Clasicos in the next month. The next two will come back-to-back, with the second leg of the Copa del Rey scheduled for 27 February before a La Liga fixture on 2 March, both at the Santiago Bernabeu.
There will also be two Champions League matches against Lyon to negotiate, as well as tricky league trips to Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla.
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