Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona squad but ‘not given medical approval’

Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona's squad for their trip to play Inter but has ‘not been given medical approval’ to play.

The Argentine star fractured his arm in last month’s La Liga victory against Sevilla following an awkward fall and has missed the last two weeks of action.

A return for the midweek Champions League tie indicates that the 31-year-old’s return is ahead of schedule but there is no other indication that he is ready to play.

Barca have won all four games which Messi has missed including a 2-0 victory over the Nerazzurri in the Champions League, with Luis Suarez scoring five times in three appearances.

The Catalan giants have won all three of their Champions League group games to date and a draw in Milan would likely seal their place in the last 16.

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