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Ernesto Valverde gives Lionel Messi, Samuel Umtiti fitness updates

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Ernesto Valverde has offered a quick update on the fitness of Samuel Umtiti and Lionel Messi ahead of Saturday’s clash against Real Valladolid.

Both players have been in training this week, and Valverde is optimistic they will be back in action soon.

“[Messi] is doing fine,” he said.

”He trained perfectly on Thursday and won’t miss much more because he’s doing very well.

”[Umtiti]’s situation is different. He may be with us soon, but I can’t say it he will return on Saturday or Tuesday.

”He has been out for a long time, so we still have to evaluate things.”

Source | Marca

After a week off Barcelona face three games in a week starting against Valladolid. They then play Lyon on Tuesday in the Champions League and Sevilla in La Liga next Saturday.