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Barcelona say they will "wait until the last moment" to determine if Lionel Messi will be fit to face Real Madrid in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against arch rivals Real Madrid.

"He explained, "(Vazquez) plays safe and will defend against Jordi Alba, he comes down and helps a lot on the left. Vinicius plays better at the Bernabeu.

Messi picked up an unspecified injury in his right leg during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Valencia in the Spanish league. The Argentine is the top scorer in La Liga with 21 goals and has scored in his last nine appearances, but Barca beat Madrid 5-1 without him earlier this season. "It's one of the hardest parts of the job for a coach".

Of course, tiredness could be an issue, but that is natural for a big club that usually is in two or three competitions at the same time and Barcelona aren't any different.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is unlikely to be fit for the game, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

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The Catalan giants agreed a £120m a year extension to their deal with the sportswear giants in 2016, and have been responsible for producing kits for the Camp Nou side.

"It's a semi-final and playing against Madrid is another incentive to reach the final".

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni revealed it had been a while since he last spoke to superstar Lionel Messi.

Now, they are looking to end FC Barcelona's run of four consecutive Copa del Rey triumphs.

He has been a regular in their Copa del Rey campaign, though, meaning he could come up against Barça on Wednesday. "I don't think there is a favorite in a semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid".

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