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Messi and Dembele complete training ahead of El Clasico

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Both Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele completed their training session ahead of this Wednesday’s Copa del Rey Clasico, Valverde hinted at their inclusion.

El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona is right around the corner, both Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele were a major doubt for manager Ernesto Valverde this Tuesday morning just before the training session.

The Spanish manager was fearing that either of both players wasn’t fit enough to play this transcendental Copa del Rey semifinal’s first leg, he came into this Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the game at Camp Nou with a calmer demeanour and expecting all types of questions that mostly related to Lionel Messi.

But Valverde was equally worried about Leo and Dembele, the French winger is actually going through a more difficult time than the Argentine because his problem is related to his ankle and these types of injuries usually take more time to heal.

The French forward hadn’t been training in the last couple of weeks with the hopes of getting completely healed for this crucial match against Real Madrid, the final day arrived and the manager was going to see if both players were ready to face this new challenge completely recovered from their injuries.

Before the training session, manager Ernesto Valverde said this about Messi: “I haven’t seen yet, there’s one training session left [before El Clasico] and we’ll see how he is before deciding,” Valverde said at his press conference via Marca.

“The most important thing is the player telling you that he is ready. No matter what the tests say, if the player doesn’t feel ready, you have to leave him out.”

“If he tells you he’s okay, you talk to the doctors and then you take the decision, [weighing up] the pros and cons.”

“I am not in favour of taking risks if there are lots of games ahead as there is risk of injury; in a match like tomorrow you can’t play with a broken hand, for instance.”

“If he’s fit, he’ll be on the list; if he’s not, he won’t.”

After the press conference, there was the final training session ahead of El Clasico, all the cameras could capture the moment when both players came on the pitch and practised with all of their teammates with apparently no physical problems.

After realizing that getting fully recovered was actually possible, Valverde is likely to include both players on his call-up list for this Wednesday’s match but he may reserve either one of them for the second half.

As far as Real Madrid goes, manager Santiago Solari actually has a full squad to his disposition and the only doubts he has are related to the lineup.

The Argentine manager is still not able to decide whether using Gareth Bale is a good idea, or if he should give other players the chance to play this match.

The only players who have a secured spot in the starting XI are Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Vinicius, and Karim Benzema.

The rest of the positions will be decided a few hours before the first half whistle, the club is expected to arrive this evening in Barcelona and start getting ready for the match from the very early hours.

This will be the first of three matches between Los Blancos and the Blaugranas within the span of a month, the first two will be for the Copa del Rey semifinals, and the third one will be for La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Solari’s squad has the slight advantage of playing the last two matches in their own stadium, which can be detrimental for FC Barcelona this season.

Not having Messi can be catastrophic for the Catalan club, they must use him tomorrow or everything will be lost.

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