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Barca's Messi set to face Man Utd

Lionel Messi
Messi was in scintillating form for Barca before his injury

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is set to win his fitness battle for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester United on 23 April.

Argentine sensation Messi, 20, has been named in the Barca squad for Saturday's La Liga game against Recreativo Huelva.

He tore a muscle in his left thigh in the Champions League last 16 game against Celtic on 4 March and has been recovering from injury in Argentina.

Barca are without Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho for the rest of the season.


The 28-year-old, who has struggled to hold down a regular place this season, pulled a leg muscle in training last week.

Barca forwards Thierry Henry and Bojan Krkic picked up knocks in the European game against Schalke on Wednesday, while midfielder Andres Iniesta has a knee problem.

Portuguese midfielder Deco has missed the last month with a calf injury, but he may still be fit for the first leg.

see also
Man Utd 1-0 Roma (agg 3-0)
09 Apr 08 |  Europe
Barcelona 1-0 Schalke (agg 2-0)
09 Apr 08 |  Europe
Barcelona 1-0 Celtic (agg: 4-2)
04 Mar 08 |  Europe

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