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Inter Manager Conte Hopeful That Lukaku Will Repeat Slavia Prague Performance Against Barcelona

Inter Manager Conte Hopeful That Lukaku Will Repeat Slavia Prague Performance Against Barcelona

Lionel Messi's omission from Barcelona's squad for their Champions League clash with Inter was influenced by a daunting set of forthcoming fixtures that includes a potentially crucial Clasico with Real Madrid.

"Messi getting rest. Nothing more", Valverde said.

Inter Milan host FC Barcelona in the pick of tonight's UEFA Champions League action, with the Serie A club needing a win to guarantee progression to the knockout stages of the competition.

Their opponents tonight, Barcelona, have already secured qualification to the next round as table-toppers, and are now unbeaten in this year's tournament, winning three and drawing two of their five matches thus far.

Valverde is also resting defender Gerard Piqué and midfielder Sergi Roberto.

Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo are both back in training following hamstring and calf problems respectively, but neither has been given the green light to play in Milan.

Among those who made the trip to Italy are Luis Suárez, Antoine Griezmann, and teenager Ansu Fati.

Messi endured an injury-hit start to 2019-20, but has shown little sign of rustiness since returning to full fitness, and followed up his record sixth Ballon d'Or win with a hat-trick in Barca's 5-2 win over Real Mallorca on Saturday.

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