Lionel Messi in Barcelona's squad to play Inter Milan in Champions League

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The 31-year-old was named among the 22 men who travelled to Milan on Monday morning, but whether he will get some minutes is still unclear considering that there's still some time to go until his prescribed date of recovery.

'In terms of his play and his movements, he's fine. Of course it's necessary to get him back as soon as possible - it's always better if he's there.

'There are three or four possibilities.

"There are three or four options, but we will not take risks (with Messi)".

Barca have done well without Messi.

They also beat Inter 2-0 in the reverse fixture at the Nou Camp without Messi.

"With Messi, Barca's degree of unpredictability increases but their attitude is the same without him", he said.

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Suarez slotted in a cross from Jordi Alba from close range to give Barca a deserved lead in the 11th minute after they had made a flying start at a ground where they had eased to victory in their previous five visits and had not lost since 2002.

Despite having that cushion at the top, though, Valverde says his side will still be going all out for the win - a result which would see them qualify for the knockout rounds.

He said: "To already be in this situation in the fourth game of the group is great". We'll see what happens because it doesn't only depend on us, but also on how they play.

"But I do not want to take too many risks".

"We need to control the game to have that chance", Valverde added. "We have won without him but we're happy to have him with the group".

"We're doing worse in that sense this season".

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