Barcelona doubt on Lionel Messi, given Ousmane Dembele boost

Lionel Messi is a major doubt for Barcelona’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Real Madrid but Ousmane Dembele is likely to play, say Diario AS.

Messi sustained a muscular injury in his right thigh during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Valencia following a clash with opposition defender Toni Lato.

The Argentine underwent a series of tests at the club’s training grounds on Monday and whilst there is no fear of a long-term injury, sitting out the midweek clash is now a real possibility.

However, Ernesto Valverde’s side have been handed a fitness boost with Dembele participating in full training despite suffering from tonsillitis.

Barca host Madrid at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night but had feared the French forward would not be available due to his current health situation along with a knock to his left ankle.

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