Messi back in Barcelona determination for Champions League game in Dortmund

Lionel Messi is part of the FC Barcelona selection for the first time this season. The Argentinian goes to Germany with the Spanish club for the Champions League coordinate with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Messi has recuperated from calf damage. He was injured in preparation for the season, shortly after he returned from the Copa América.

Messi missed the first four league games of the Spanish national champion. The five-time Golden Ball winner resumed group training at the end of August.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has another fit attacker with Messi after Luis Suárez returned to Valencia (5-2) last Saturday after a calf injury. Ousmane Dembélé has a hamstring injury and is not included in the selection.

Like Messi, Frenkie de Jong is part of the selection. The midfielder made his first league goal against the Catalans against Valencia and also gave an assist.

The match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in the group stage of the Champions League starts on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Internazionale-Slavia Prague is the other match in the group.

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