Barcelona-Real Madrid combined XI

Messi back in training but Valverde will not take risks

Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona as they prepare to host El Clasico rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday.

Messi, 31, injured his thigh during the weekend's draw with Valencia and was unable to train on Monday.

Ousmane Dembele's hamstring problems rule him out of the game which means Phillipe Coutinho who is not having much of impact in games is likely to continue up front.

Real Madrid will deploy Keylor Navas in goal after the former no 1 overcame a hip injury and should replace Thibaut Courtois in the playing eleven.

Messi became the first player in Europe's top five leagues to reach the 20-goal mark this season when he scored his brace against Valencia.

Isco has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabéu as he struggles for game time under head coach Santiago Solari.

"If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different", he said. Asked about the fitness of Messi, he said: "It's always better when the best players get to play, it's as simple as that".

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It is the second consecutive Clasico in which Messi has not played from the start, after the Argentinian sat out Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Madrid in October with a broken arm.

"In a semifinal between Barca and Madrid there's no favourite".

Solari may not start Bale with Vinicius on Wednesday as they usually play on the same part of the field and their presence could make the squad too unbalanced and more vulnerable defensively. "If Messi's ready he will play, if he's not he won't".

In view of their recent form, the Real Madrid players regain confidence in their chances of winning the historic treble.

When is Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Copa del Rey 2018-19 Football Match Schedule (Date, Time and Venue Details)? In La Liga this season we were superior, we won, but they were in a delicate moment.

'There is a training session and we will see how he is, whether he can do it and whether he is in the right condition.

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