Barca hopeful of Messi return in Munich

Barcelona still can't say for sure if Lionel Messi will start against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals

Written by Associated Press | Barcelona | Published: April 23, 2013 1:41:10 am

Barcelona still can’t say for sure if Lionel Messi will start against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. On the eve of the match,assistant coach Jordi Roura was as circumspect about Messi’s chances as teammate Xavi Hernandez was confident. Roura says Messi is making good progress from a right hamstring injury but that doctors and staff would wait until the final practice session before making their evaluation.

But both were clear on one thing _ having Messi in the team could be crucial on Tuesday. “Messi is the best player in the world. He is very important for us,he can make the difference,” Xavi said. “We’ll see the best Messi from the start. He guarantees the stability of the team. We have managed to win without him,but there is no doubt that it’s crucial for him to be on the field.”

Messi injured his hamstring on April 2. He has since missed three Spanish league games,but he went on as a substitute to help Barcelona come from behind and advance from the quarterfinals at Paris Saint-Germain’s expense two weeks ago.

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