Iniesta and Messi back in Barcelona squad

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Barcelona has been boosted by the return of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi for its UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea.




Andres Iniesta has been included in Barcelona's squad to face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League, with star attacker Lionel Messi also recalled.

World Cup winner Iniesta had been struggling to recover from a hamstring injury in time to face the Blues in the last-16 second leg, with coach Ernesto Valverde conceding playing the veteran midfielder would be a risk.

But he has decided to include Iniesta in the group for Wednesday's match, where the 33-year-old could feature for the first time since suffering his ailment against Atletico Madrid in LaLiga on 5 March (AEDT).

Messi was also missing for the weekend win over Malaga as his wife gave birth to their third child Ciro, but he was expected back and also returns.

The pair combined for Messi to score an equaliser at Stamford Bridge in the first leg as Barca held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.