Barcelona includes Messi for Atletico match, Pique ruled out

MADRID (AP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique will be able to count on his first-choice attacking lineup of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez for Saturday’s match against Atletico Madrid.

There were doubts Messi would make it, given that he’d missed every training session this week due to the impending arrival of his second child.

But Messi was included in the squad list on Friday after news emerged that the Argentina forward had become a father for a second time.

However, Barcelona will be without key defender Gerard Pique for the high-profile match.

A sports tribunal dismissed Barcelona’s bid to reduce his four-match ban for insulting a linesman during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, which it lost 5-1 on aggregate to Athletic Bilbao.