Barcelona prepare for Champions League clash without main man Lionel Messi as they go through final drills ahead of Nou Camp date with Inter
- Barcelona host Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday night
- Lionel Messi will miss the game after fracturing a bone in his arm on Saturday
- The team’s talisman could miss as many as six matches in all competitions
Barcelona have put the finishing touches on their preparations for their Champions League showdown with Inter Milan, a match they will play without star man Lionel messi.
The Barca talisman fractured a bone in his right arm during the win over Sevilla with the club announcing that he would be sidelined for at least three weeks.
And the Catalan outfit got to work without him at the Joan Gamper Sports Center on Tuesday afternoon.
Barcelona players train ahead of their clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday evening
Malcom (left) and Philippe Coutinho chat during the session Joan Gamper Sports Center
Barca manager Ernesto Valverde looks on as he put his team through their paces
Ernesto Valverde’s men looked in good spirits despite Messi’s absence with the team sitting top of Group B after two wins from two matches.
Inter sit level with them on six points after also overcoming Tottenham and PSV, a victory for either side on Wednesday putting them in a extremely strong position for qualification.
And Barca full-back Jordi Alba is confident his side can come away with the three points without Messi.
Star man Lionel Messi will miss the game after fracturing a bone in his arm on Saturday
‘Inter are a very hard team to beat and they’re playing well at the moment. But we think we can win this, especially with our fans behind us,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘His absence especially affects my own game’ he confessed. ‘But he’s important for all of us because he makes us all play better. We’ll have to do our very best, and I’m more than certain that we will.’
‘Nobody can replace Messi but we’ll just have to make sure we win our next few matches with the other great players we have.’
The Barcelona players looked in good spirits despite the absence of their talisman
Marc-Andre ter Stegen makes a diving save during Tuesday afternoon’s training session