Koeman gives Frenkie de Jong a rest for Barcelona's Champions League clash

Messi left out of Barcelona's squad for Champions League clash against Dynamo Kyiv

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman made a decision to rest two key players Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong for their crucial Champions League (CL) clash on Tuesday against Dynamo Kiev.

A win for Barca on Tuesday night would book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to play and allow Koeman to rest key players in their two remaining group games. They lead the second-placed Juventus by three points and will travel to Ukraine for an away fixtures against Kiev.

According to Koeman, he has chose to rest Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the European tie because they are in a good position in their group but are struggling in 12th place in LaLiga. We believe it is a good time for Leo and Frenkie to rest.

The 33-year-old Messi has played every Barca match so far this season and also played the full 90 minutes for Argentina four times over October and November.

Midfielder De Jong, who is 10 years Messi's junior, has also played every match for the Catalan giants as well as five global fixtures for the Netherlands in the same period.

"It's time for UEFA, FIFA to think about what they are doing to footballers, the amount of games they need to play is insane". They have played every game and nearly every minute, they have had to travel [a lot].

"Sometimes, you have to protect your players because the calendar is incredible".

Barcelona will also be without Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto who were both withdrawn during Sunday's game due to injuries, while Ansu Fati, Samuel Umtiti, Sergio Busquets and Ronald Araujo remain unavailable for selection through injuries.



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