Lionel Messi trains with Barcelona but set to miss trip to Inter - in pictures

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Barcelona players take part in a training session at Joan Gamper sport complex in Sant Joan Despi in Spain. EPA

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, left, and defender Samuel Umtiti take part in a training session. Barcelona Inter Milan in their Champions League match at the San Siro Stadium in Milan. EPA

Barcelona's Lionel Messi took part in training on Monday but won't travel Milan. Reuters

Lionel Messi has been left out of the squad for the match against Inter Milan. Reuters

Lionel Messi chats with teammate Carles Perez during a training session at the Joan Gamper sport complex. EPA

Barcelona are through to the knockout stage after Lionel Messi scored in a convincing win over Borussia Dortmund. AFP

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen takes part in a training session on Monday. EPA

Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen during training on the eve of the match against Inter Milan. Reuters

Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo attends a training session in Sant Joan Despi. AFP

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Ajit Vijaykumar

Dec 9, 2019

December 9, 2019

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Lionel Messi trained with the Barcelona team on Monday but will not make the trip to the San Siro for Tuesday's Champions League match against Inter Milan.

Barcelona are through to the knockout stage after Messi scored during the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Messi has been kept out of the 20-man squad along with midfielder Sergi Roberto. Coach Ernesto Valverde's side will be without Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba, Nelson Semedo and Gerard Pique as well. Barcelona are assured of finishing top in Group F.

However, Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte still expects a tough test as his side look to make it to the last 16. "We're talking about Barcelona, one of the strongest teams in the world with a very strong squad of 20 to 22 players," said Conte.

"Barcelona remain one of the four or five teams that every year sets out to win the competition.

"For their part, they are calm in first place and will play without pressure and can create problems. We have to give everything knowing that it might not be enough."

Updated: December 9, 2019 07:53 PM

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