Lionel Messi in Barcelona's squad to play Inter Milan in Champions League

Lionel Messi in Barcelona's squad to play Inter Milan in Champions League

Barcelona sparked confusion by omitting Messi from the original squad list for the game published on social media, only to amend it minutes later with their captain included.

The voting processes ends on Friday, but claims have been made that Messi believes a final match-winning performance could sway the award in his favour.

Barcelona have won all three of their opening Champions League games in Group B and would secure their place in the knockout phases of the competition with a win over Inter at the San Siro.

Messi, 31, has not played since breaking a bone in his arm in the win over Sevilla on October 20.

Messi, who missed Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in last Sunday's El Clasico which led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, was reportedly set to be absent for three weeks.

The reigning Spanish champions scored the first goal in the 10th minute through Luis Suarez who was assisted by left back Jordi Alba.

Spalletti said it would not make much difference if Lionel Messi was passed fit to play for Barca. "We need to be better in our reading of the game, but we're going to mark space, not men". "We know they will score many goals together again".

Instead, the more diligent Rafinha was named in the starting line-up at home to Inter last month and the Brazilian justified Ernesto Valverde's faith by scoring the opener against the same club he played for on loan only five months ago.

"It will be hard because they're a fearless team with a way of playing that I love". "We would like to win, of course, because [we've not qualified] yet".

Asked about the prospect of him playing, Valverde stated: "We'll see how he will be".