Messi recovers from knee injury, makes Barca squad
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi looks set to try and surpass Gerd
Mueller’s 40-year-old record for most goals in a calendar year when
Barcelona plays Real Betis after recovering from a bruised left
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova included Messi in his squad for
the Spanish league match at Betis on Sunday, saying the forward
will play barring a setback.
”(Messi) feels fine, he isn’t bothered (by the knee),”
Vilanova said Saturday. ”If he is traveling it’s because he’s in
condition to play. It there existed even the smallest risk he
wouldn’t travel with the team.”
Vilanova said he didn’t know yet if he would start Messi or
bring him off the bench.
Messi was carried off the pitch after a late collision with the
opposing goalkeeper in Barcelona’s 0-0 draw against Benfica in the
Champions League on Wednesday. He hasn’t missed a game because of
injury since September 2010.
The 25-year-old Messi is trying to match Mueller’s record of 85
goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972. Messi has 84
goals so far this year for Barcelona and Argentina.
Forward Alexis Sanchez and defender Dani Alves have recovered
from injury and made the squad
Barcelona leads the league after a record start of 13 wins and
one draw in the opening 14 rounds.