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Valverde’s focus is on getting Messi and Suarez fit ASAP!

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Barcelona
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The Barcelona manager wants his stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to be fully recovered from their injuries but he believes he has to be cautious.

After being injured, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez returned to the squad to help secure a win against Internazionale Milan in the UEFA Champions League.

But the Blaugrana manager, Ernesto Valverde, doesn’t want to risk his stars, as he wants them to recover fully.

“Of course they are fit again, they showed that [against Inter],” Valverde said according to Marca.

“I will decide on Sunday whether I start one or the other or bring them on later. They are two players who have struggled with injuries this season but the more they play the more form they will get.”

“We like the players to be picked for international duty because it means they’re not injured, because it means they’re playing at their top level,” he added.

“There are not many players for us going this international break – that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

Valverde commented: “It means we will have a more complete squad for training and can work on certain things. But after that fortnight we’ve got important matches in LaLiga and the Champions League and we need to be ready for those.”

“We’re doing well. We’ve hit on a good run, now we’re playing a very strong team, the aim is to keep moving forward.”

“Not having a specific left-footed full-back is unnatural,” he said.

“The players who have had to play there have done well, the players are used to this kind of thing but we’ll see if Jordi can recover.”