Champions League: Lionel Messi set to return against Celtic after recovering from sickness

Messi returned to training on Monday and looks set to start in Glasgow along with Luis Suarez, who was suspended for Malaga's visit to the Camp Nou.

Agencies November 21, 2016 17:32:43 IST
Champions League: Lionel Messi set to return against Celtic after recovering from sickness

Barcelona: Lionel Messi looks set to return for Barcelona's Champions League trip to Celtic on Wednesday after overcoming a sickness bug that forced the Argentine to miss Barca's 0-0 draw with Malaga on Saturday.

Champions League Lionel Messi set to return against Celtic after recovering from sickness

File photo of Lionel Messi. Reuters

Messi was forced to pull out of Barca's match day squad just hours before kick-off and the Spanish champions paid a heavy price as the stalemate saw Luis Enrique's men fall four points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Messi returned to training on Monday and looks set to start in Glasgow along with Luis Suarez, who was suspended for Malaga's visit to the Camp Nou.

Barca lead Group C by two points from Manchester City with just a point needed from their final two games enough to secure qualification for the last 16.

Without the unwell Messi and the suspended Suarez, Barcelona wasn't able to beat Malaga at home despite playing with an extra player from the 68th minute.

Messi was ruled out just hours before kickoff because he was ill and had vomited, the club had said.

FC Barcelona boss Luis Enrique had insisted that Messi will remain with the Catalan giants for many years to come, but was less explicit over his own future when quizzed on Friday.

Barca boss Josep Maria Bartomeu claimed on Thursday that he remains confident Messi, 29, will end his career at the Camp Nou despite having just 18 months left to run on his contract.

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