UEFA Champions League: Lionel Messi 'fit to play', say Barcelona

Four-time world player of the year Messi returned to training with Barca last Friday but the club's medical staff have not yet given him the green light to play.

updated: April 22, 2013 17:32 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who is struggling to overcome a hamstring injury, is fit to play in the club's Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich, the Spanish club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said on Monday.

"Messi is with the team and is fit to play, although it is ultimately up to the coaching staff to decide," the former Spain goalkeeper told reporters before Barcelona headed to Germany for Tuesday's match.

"We're not going to give up on fielding the best possible side on the pitch," he added.

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