Lionel Messi returned to training on Tuesday ahead of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid but coach Ernesto Valverde insists he will not take any risks with his captain’s fitness.

Messi is a doubt for the first leg at the Camp Nou on Wednesday after feeling discomfort in his thigh during Sunday’s draw with Valencia.

The Argentinian missed training on Monday but was back with the squad on Tuesday evening. During the 15 minutes open to the media, a smiling Messi was seen doing some light jogging and taking part in a relaxed keep-ball session.

Shortly before training, Valverde had said in a press conference: “I have not seen him yet and I don’t have an answer.

“There is a training session and we will see how he is, whether he can do it and whether he is in the right condition.”

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