Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has confirmed Luis Suarez will be left out of the club’s Champions League clash with Tottenham but was unwilling to give further clues as to his team selection plans, with Inter needing to better Spurs’ result when they face PSV to qualify.
“Sure there will be changes. Players need rest and we had a tough match last Saturday,” he added. “They are going to bring their best players, not necessarily something that we can do. The players have some discomfort so I have to take that into account.
“After being without him [Messi] for several games I don’t know if we’ll have him out there for two games in three days. But Luis Suarez is definitely not going to play.”
Pressed on Messi’s availability, Valverde added: “I will tell you in 24 hours when I announce the team.
“The important thing is the players who come out of the dressing room are motivated and ready to play. They’re facing a team that has everything riding on the line.
“There’s nothing to fear but it’s not that different from the match at Wembley. Players will have to play their best to win tomorrow and I have no doubt about that.”