Friday, 20 October, 2017

PREVIEW – Barca’s in-form strikers battle for cup places

Barcelona's Neymar (L) and Lionel Messi applaud their team mates during an open training session at Mini stadium in Barcelona January 3, 2014. REUTERS/Gustau NacarinoBy Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi and Neymar are ready to return for Barcelona against Getafe in the King's Cup on Wednesday but coach Gerardo Martino has a selection headache with the fine form of Pedro and Alexis Sanchez. Messi has been sidelined since mid-November with a hamstring injury and the last 16 first leg tie was earmarked for the prolific forward's return ahead of the top of the table La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid on Saturday. The Argentine has resumed training with Barca since returning from his recovery programme in Buenos Aires and Rosario and scored a hat-trick in a practice game on Friday. Neymar was suspended for the final match of 2013, away to Getafe in the league, and then rested against Elche but in his absence Barca won 5-2 and 4-0 respectively with Pedro and Sanchez both notching hat-tricks.

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