Messi and Abidal make Kazan trip
Although he has not yet received the medical okay to play, Leo Messi joins Eric Abidal in the squad that travels to Russia for the game against Rubin on Wednesday. The injured Adriano is the only first team squad player to miss the trip.
After training normally with the rest of the squad this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, Leo Messi
was called into the squad for the Champions League trip, even though the medical staff have not yet
given him the all clear to play following his injury at the Vicente Calderon. Eric Abidal is also
back and Thiago Alcántara repeats his call up for the Bilbao game, whilst Adriano misses the trip.
The full list for the trip is: Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Milito, Maxwell, Abidal,
Busquets, Mascherano, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Thiago, Pedro, Jeffren, Bojan, Villa and Messi.
One player of the 19 man squad will have to be discarded before the game.