Will Lionel Messi feature in the starting lineup against Roma on Tuesday? Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is yet to give any confirmation. Barca is starting as hot favorites in their penultimate group game at the Champions League after registering a thumping win over Real Madrid in Spanish La Liga on Saturday.
A draw at Nou Camp would take the reigning champions to knockout stage. The Spanish giants are at the top of their game, five points clear of the second-placed Roma. Javier Mascherano won’t play in the defensive hole for Barcelona due to an injury. The Argentine star hurt his thigh during the first half of the El Clasico on Saturday.
“He was not able to train today and the logical thing is that he won’t feature tomorrow because he is a key player for us and we don’t want to take any risks,” Enrique said.
Enrique sounded hopeful about Messi’s condition. “He seemed in very good shape to me. All that is needed now is to charge his batteries.” Enrique is the former Roma boss. He left the Italian outfit in 2012.
The first leg encounter between the two teams ended in a 1-1 stalemate.