Lionel Messi returns: Barcelona star back to training ahead of Sevilla encounter

Ernesto Valverde

If Ernesto Valverde's side don't lose then they will be just one game away from equalling Real Sociedad's all-time Spanish top-flight record of 38 consecutive games unbeaten.

The injured Sergio Busquets and French left back Lucas Digne are Valverde's only certain absentees for the game against sixth-placed Sevilla, who host Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. But Sevilla will put them to the test.

"We have to wait", Valverde told a news conference yesterday. [Saturday] is a key game. Being able to win there, at a very hard ground, would be amassive step for us towards winning the league.

We made a decision to wait and see how he is in this evening's session.

The Andalusians have won only two of their six home league games under Montella (drawn one, lost three).

Are you anxious about his fitness with the month of key games coming up?

- Sevilla's 45 points after 29 La Liga MDs is their worst haul at this stage in the last five seasons. "We have to see how [Friday's] training is going".

Will Wednesday's game against Roma affect your decision on Messi? "We have players to face the final stretch of the season".

"Tomorrow is important but so is the next one and the one after that".

The global break came at a bad time for many clubs, should some national teams have taken more care with players?

"The accumulation of games makes you think about taking risks with a player".

Is tomorrow's clash at Sevilla the team's most hard away trip from the games that remain?

With Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp finally spending £75 million on Southampton man Virgil Van Dijk to strengthen their back-four, with the Reds facing serious defensive problems in the first half of their season having conceded the most goals among the top 5 Premier League teams.

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