Thursday March 28 2019
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez back for Barcelona

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are expected to be fit for Barcelona’s Catalan derby with Espanyol on Saturday but Ousmane Dembele remains sidelined.

A report in ESPN FC outlines how both Messi and Suarez have been involved with first-team training for the Blaugrana following injuries sustained before and during the international break.

Messi missed Argentina’s victory over Morocco earlier this week with a groin problem having participated in their loss to Venezuela, while Suarez had sprained his ankle against Real Betis.

Dembele remains sidelined with a hamstring injury which is likely to rule him out of La Liga games against Espanyol, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal, while he is a doubt for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United.

The France international initially sustained the injury in a league victory over Rayo Vallecano and aggravated it during the Champions League win over Lyon.

Football Italia website