Messi left out of Barca squad

Lionel Messi has been left out of the Barcelona squad to face Malaga on Sunday after he failed to recover from injury.

The Argentine goalscorer as substituted in the Blaugrana’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after pulling a thigh muscle.

As such, the record-breaking forward has been omitted from the 19-man squad, meaning Neymar could get his first competitive start for Tata Martino’s men.

Full squad: Valdes, Pinto, Alves, Pique, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano, Alba, Busquets, Song, Xavi, Dos Santos, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Pedro, Alexis, Cesc, Neymar, Tello

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