The Barcelona manager chose to be coy when asked whether Lionel Messi would come back in the Copa del Rey clash against Rayo Vallecano.
The Argentina international
was out of action whenBarcelona
, since he was on a suspension following the first-ever red card he recieved during the 753 games he featured in for his side.
Messi was sent out of the field in the Spanish Supercopa loss toAthletic Bilbao
for committing a foul. However, he is now available for selection as the Blaugrana are getting prepared to face Roya Vallecano.
Koeman’s side is missing Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, and Sergino Dest as they are struggling with injuries.
Koeman said: “
It is true that he had some discomfort. Nor has he been out for long. He is eager, fresh and without discomfort. To win things we need a Messi in shape and at his level.
“He really wants to play and win things. He is used to winning titles. He is a winner and wants to play every match. Tomorrow we will have a talk and I will tell them the team. We have to wait until tomorrow to find out.”
Barcelona vanquished Cornella 2-0 to enter this stage. Rayo, on the other hand, removed Elche in the last round.