Barcelona’s Dembele out 3-4 weeks because of muscle injury

Reuters  Phil Noble

Reuters Phil Noble

He wrote in the caption alongside an image of the pair's exchange: "Behind the scenes. these are messages between me and Cristiano five days before the massive comeback!"

Lionel MESSI scored twice and had two assists in FC Barcelona's 5-1 win against Lyon.

Barca, who are in the quest for a quadruple, will be without Ousmane Dembele, but will have Lionel Messi available for the clash.

He will also have to sit out the league games against Espanyol, Villarreal and, in all probability, Atletico Madrid's visit to Camp Nou on April 6.

"We're relaxed and what we have to prepare for is the toughest test possible, which is what's coming now in the final stage of the season".

In stunning fashion, Barcelona surged forward with a Panenka penalty from Messi following a foul on Luis Suarez in the 17th minute.

COUTINHO would make it 2-0 and Lyon would draw one back and make it 2-1 but not for very long.

"We played a great first half, then from a moment's distraction it was 2-1 and we had five or 10 delicate minutes", said Barca striker Suarez. "The important thing is that we got the third goal and then we were far calmer".

Coutinho, who joined from Liverpool for €160 million last January, has been linked with a return to England after seeing his place in Barca's side taken by Dembele. "Now it's about the next game".

"You never know what the future holds".

It was old hat for both managers when they were asked about the exploits of Messi, who both had nothing but massive praise for Barca's No. 10.

The playmaker netted during the victory over Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but the alleged Manchester United target has acknowledged that his future at the Catalan giants remains unclear. "He produced an outstanding performance tonight, he was incredible", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said.

"All of the opponents are complicated", Messi added.

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