Messi included in Barca squad for Kazan trip

Madrid:Lionel Messi was named in Barcelona`s 19-man squad on Monday for the trip to play Rubin Kazan in the Champions League.

The Argentina forward has not been given the go-ahead to return to action by medical staff yet, but trained with the team on Monday and will fly to Russia, the club said on their website .

The world player of the year has missed Barca`s last two league games after suffering ankle ligament damage away to Atletico Madrid a week ago.

French defender Eric Abidal also returned to the squad after a few days off to attend to a personal matter but full-back Adriano Correia missed out with a thigh strain.

Last year`s semi-finalists play Rubin Kazan in Group D on Wednesday.

Bureau Report