Barca silent on Messi injury, Madrid all fit for Copa semi

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

Although the statistic is quite staggering, Ernesto Valverde, will be wary of what the over dependency on one man can cost as we progress to the end of the season.

"It's the same with Messi".

Lionel Messi is a doubt for the first leg at the Camp Nou on Wednesday after feeling discomfort in his thigh during Sunday's draw with Valencia. However, Real Madrid are a lot steadier than they were back then.

Messi's pedigree is undeniable and he is the all-time leading scorer in this fixture with 25 goals.

He missed Barcelona's 5-1 league rout of Madrid in October because of a broken right arm.

The first leg of the semifinal in the Copa del Rey is the first of three matches between the rivals in less than a month.

There will also be two Champions League matches against Lyon to negotiate, as well as tricky league trips to Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla. Valverde said the Frenchman trained separately on Monday and was set to join the rest of the squad for Tuesday's session.

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Real Madrid also have the small matter of the Madrid derby not to mention Champions League fixtures against Ajax in a hectic schedule.

Real coach Santiago Solari hopes the Barcelona captain is fit to face his side in the first leg for the good of the game, but added the Argentine's presence would not affect his game plan.

"In football, it is good for the best players to play in all games", Solari said.

With only Vallejo unavailable for the visitors, Solari said: "It's harder to pick a team when everyone is available, but the important thing is that every player puts their talent, ability and effort at the service of the team".

Now, they are looking to end FC Barcelona's run of four consecutive Copa del Rey triumphs.

Real are the third most successful club, having won the trophy 19 times, although they last claimed the title in 2014.

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