Messi doubtful for Barca start

BY foxsports • December 15, 2009

Lionel Messi's injured ankle has improved, although Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is waiting until Wednesday before deciding if the Golden Ball winner will play against Atlante in the Club World Cup.

Guardiola says that Messi's right ankle is "much, much better" and that he would see how the Argentina forward reacted in training Tuesday before deciding whether to field him in the semifinal match against the Mexican club.

Messi injured his ankle in a Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev last Wednesday and missed out on Saturday's 1-0 win against Espanyol.

Messi has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season.

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