Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Champions League: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi fit to play Bayern Munich in semi-final

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi
has recovered sufficiently from a
hamstring strain to feature in
Tuesday's Champions League
semi-final first leg at Bayern
Munich, sporting director Andoni
Zubizarreta said today.
The Argentine World Player of the
Year sat out Saturday's 1-0 La
Liga win at home to Levante and
has not yet been given the all-
clear by medical staff but was
included in the squad for the clash
at the Allianz Arena.
"Messi is with the team and he is
able to compete, although that's a
decision for the coaching staff,"
Zubizarreta said on Barca's
website (http://
www.fcbarcelona.es).
"We will not forego having the best
possible team on the pitch," added
the former Barca and Spain
goalkeeper.
Barca host Bayern for the return
leg on May 1 and the successful
side will meet Borussia Dortmund
or Real Madrid in next month's
final at London's Wembley
stadium.