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Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has travelled to Milan ahead of tonight's Champions League meeting with Inter - despite not yet having the "medical all-clear" from the Spanish champions.

Messi, 31, fractured his arm during a match against Sevilla at the Nou Camp on October 20 and has missed four games, including the 5-1 thrashing of El Clasico rivals Real Madrid.

He only returned to training on Wednesday and did not feature in Saturday's 3-2 LaLiga victory at Rayo Vallecano but Barcelona have named him among their outfield options for a key clash at San Siro.

A statement on fcbarcelona.com read: "Lionel Messi will travel to Milan with the rest of the first-team squad. He will do so without the medical all-clear, but forming part of the list of 22 players called up for Inter v Barca.

"It's a match that, in the event of a win, would qualify Barca automatically as group winners."

Goalkeeper Inaki Pena and defender Chumi are also in the travelling party.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP B

Inter v Barca

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