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Henry & Iniesta doubts for final

Uefa Champions League final: Barcelona v Manchester United
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Date: Wed, 27 May Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: Live on ITV1 and Sky Sports 1, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Manchester; BBC Sport website.


Andres Iniesta and Thierry Henry
Iniesta and Henry face an agonising wait over the next few days

Barcelona face an anxious wait over the fitness of Thierry Henry and Andres Iniesta ahead of next week's Champions League final against Manchester United.

Striker Henry has had a ligament problem since Barca beat Real Madrid 6-2 on 2 May, while midfielder Iniesta injured his thigh two weeks ago.

"I don't know if they will make it in time - we'll see on Monday or Tuesday," Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said.

"They have faith and the will to be there but it depends on their muscles."

The Spanish giants have growing selection problems, with defenders Dani Alves and Eric Abidal suspended and Rafael Marquez injured for the final in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome next Wednesday.

One player available for Barcelona is playmaker Lionel Messi and Guardiola believes his star man is better than United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

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"They are two great players but I'll stick with my player - I think he's the best," he said.

Messi, in the Barcelona squad that won the Champions League three years ago but then missed the final against Arsenal through injury, is desperate to feature this time round.

"I wasn't able to get on the pitch and enjoy the final in Paris but I have the opportunity now and it is something I'm very excited about - it's the biggest game of my life," he said.

The 21-year-old Argentina international added that he thought his side would be worthy winners of Europe's top footballing prize.

"I know that many people who are not Barca fans admire the club for its brand of football," he said.

"We deserve the title for the football we have played throughout the year. We deserve this reward."

Barcelona are aiming to become the first Spanish club to win the league, domestic cup and European title in one season.

Messi added: "We know that we are close to making history."



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