Barcelona rule out a Lionel Messi injury after Smalling whack

The player was examined but is fine and can play at the weekend if Valverde wants

Leo Messi sufrió un fuerte golpe en la nariz | MEDIAPRO

Barcelona are calm on Leo Messi. He was tested on Thursday after taking a whack on the face by Chris Smalling against Man United in the Champions League. but the club medics confirmed he is fine to play at Huesca on Saturday.

Jordi Gil

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Messi was bleeding a lot but tests showed there is no injury to worry about.

Barca will not publish a statement about Messi because he was never officially considered injured, finishing the game at Old Trafford.

Messi is available for the weekend although coach Ernesto Valverde is expected to rest the Argentine star for the trip to play against Huesca.

That’s because on Tuesday Barca face Man United in the Champions League again, the quarter-final second leg, this time at Camp Nou.

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