Knee injury won't keep Messi out of league game
Barcelona's Lionel Messi eyes the ball during a Champions League Group G soccer match against Spartak Moscow at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)
Published Saturday, December 8, 2012 11:51AM EST
BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says Lionel Messi has recovered from a bruise to his left knee and has included the forward in his squad for the Spanish league game at Real Betis.
Messi had to be carried off the pitch after a late collision with the opposing goalkeeper in Barcelona's 0-0 draw against Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Vilanova says Messi "feels well, he isn't bothered (by the knee). If he is travelling it's because he's in condition to play" in Sunday's match.
Forward Alexis Sanchez and defenders Dani Alves and Marc Bartra have also recovered and are in Barcelona's squad.
Barcelona leads the league after a record start of 13 wins and one draw from the opening 14 rounds.