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Barcelona v Inter Milan: Messi-less Barca looking to maintain 100% record

Barcelona v Inter Milan: Messi-less Barca looking to maintain 100% record

Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi as they host Inter Milan on Wednesday evening at Camp Nou.

The Catalan hosts are in the middle of a run of extremely tough fixtures and will have one eye on El Clasico against Real Madrid this coming weekend.

Having already faced Tottenham Hotspur, Valencia and Sevilla in the last few weeks, they now host in-form Inter, who are fresh off the back of a Milan derby win courtesy of former Barca youngster Mauro Icardi.

Barca will be without Leo Messi for the tie after he was ruled out for three weeks due to a right arm fracture.

Inter have now won seven games in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2017 and they will look to go top with a win.

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With no Messi, Ernesto Valverde is expected to start with Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele either side of Luis Suarez, whilst Sergi Roberto is hoping to get a start after being on the bench against Sevilla at the weekend.

Samuel Umtiti is the only other notable absentee for the home side.

Inter have Radja Nainggolan out with an ankle injury and both Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic are both doubts after picking up injuries at the weekend.

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Expected XI’s

Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur, Coutinho, Suarez, Dembele

Inter: Handanovic, Miranda, Vrij, Skriniar, Vrsaljko, Vecino, Valero, Asamoah, Politano, Martinez, Icardi