Monday December 9 2019
Inter handed Messi boost

Barcelona will be without talisman Lionel Messi and Spain defender Gerard Pique for tomorrow night’s Champions League clash with Inter.

The pair have been rested for the trip to San Siro, with Barca already sure of their place in the last 16.

They are just two of seven players missing from the Catalans’ squad, with Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembele, Arthur Melo and Nelson Semedo also absent.

Taking their places in Milan are a host of youth graduates, including teenage sensation Ansu Fati.

The 17-year-old has already scored twice in La Liga this season and will be looking to break his duck in the Champions League.

Barca squad to face Inter: Ter Stegen, Rakitic, Sergio, Todibo, Suarez, Neto, Lenglet, Wague, Griezmann, Alena, De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti, Junior, Inaki Pena, Perez, Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati, Araujo, Morer

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