Ernesto Valverde Explains Lionel Messi’s Absence Against Inter Milan

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has said that he simply ‘could not risk’ selecting Lionel Messi for Tuesday’s Champions League match with Inter Milan at San Siro.

Lionel Messi travelled with Barcelona to Italy for the Champions League game , and it had been thought that the Argentine would be included on the bench having returned to training last week.

The Argentine suffered a fractured arm less than three weeks ago, however, and Valverde was not prepared to take the risk, despite the attacker being ahead of schedule in his recovery.

“We couldn’t risk Messi. Training isn’t the same as playing. We talked about it and he understood,” Valverde told reporters.

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