Lionel Messi set for Barcelona return - two weeks after breaking arm

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Barcelona's talisman Lionel Messi was ruled out of his side's Champions League clash with Inter despite training before the game.

Barca's point proved enough to guarantee their progression from Group B, with Inter or Tottenham likely to take second place.

"It's clear that we were anxious about his absence, he's the best player in the team and in the world".

"It's a good point", Icardi said.

Messi, 31, has not played since breaking a bone in his arm in a win over Sevilla on October 20. "We talked to him about it and he understood". "We'll know more after training", added the Inter coach.

After a very tough start to life with the La Liga champions, clearly opening his account meant a whole lot to Malcom and he will be hoping it kickstarts his career with Barca.

Ivan Rakitic had also come close to finding the opener in the first period and missed a glaring chance after the interval when he had only goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to beat but fired straight at the body of the Slovenian. The only slip up he might've made in this match was the one that led to a goal.

And just two minutes later, Malcom had his first goal for the club, curling a shot between two Inter players and into the back of the net. We countered a few times and caused some problems, but it was really hard for us to take the weight off and hold the ball for a while. "Icardi is the example - after he equalized he took the ball and ran back with it to the center circle". Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde thinks that Luciano Spalletti's men will throw a tougher challenge to Barcelona, although they faced a one-sided defeat in their previous meeting. "Making my debut in the Champions League and scoring will stay in my memory forever - I will celebrate it with my family tonight".

Despite only picking up a draw in the end, Barcelona's performance was much improved from their last match against 19th placed Rayo Vallecano.

"If it's Barcelona, they will have too pay €100 million and if I am them I would pay a €20m tip on top", Spalletti said after the game at the San Siro.



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