Ernesto Valverde on Lionel Messi's physical state ahead of Man United clash

The Argentine star took a whack in the face from Chris Smalling in the first leg last Wednesday

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Ernesto Valverde confirmed Lionel Messi is fit to play Manchester United.

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The Argentine striker suffered a blow to the face from Chris Smalling in the first leg.

Messi was bleeding heavily and missed the clash with Huesca on Saturday as Barca coach Valverde decided to give him a rest, along with several other first team stars.

“Messi is fine after the blow he received and has no problems ahead of tomorrow’s game," Valverde told the media on Monday. 

The No 10 has not scored in a quarter-final of the Champions League the last 12 times he has featured in a game.

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