12:03 GMT 23/11/2020
The Argentine has not been included in Ronald Koeman’s plans for the Blaugrana’s latest group stage outing in the Champions League
Messi will join Gerard Pique on the sidelines as Barca look to extend their 100% record in Group G, with the Spanish defender set to miss a large portion of the season after suffering a serious injury during Saturday’s 1-0 La Liga defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Frenkie de Jong has been omitted from Koeman’s plans along with Messi, however, the Dutch head coach played down any issues with the pair during a pre-match press conference.
“They need to take some rest and after the good performances in UCL. It is a good time for them to rest,” Koeman told reporters.
More to follow.