Lionel Messi could make his first appearance of the season on Tuesday after being passed as fit and included in Barcelona's squad for the Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund.
Messi has not featured this term after injuring his calf in his first training session of preseason in August. He missed Barca's tour of the United States and hasn't played in any of their opening four La Liga fixtures.
Borussia Dortmund overpowered Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 on Saturday with two goals from captain Marco Reus to move into second place in the Bundesliga, a point behind leaders RB Leipzig, who drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich.
In a perfect dress rehearsal for next week's Champions League opener at home to Barcelona, the Spanish side's former player Paco Alcacer volleyed in his fifth goal of the campaign in the 28th minute. The Spaniard has now scored in every competitive game for both club and country this season.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has rejected reports of a rift between the club and manager Lucien Favre over targeting the Bundesliga title as the main goal this season.
Dortmund took last season's title race to the final day before losing out to Bayern Munich and announced at the beginning of this campaign that their target was to lift win their domestic league trophy for the first time since 2012.
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Lionel Messi is expected to miss Barcelona's match against Valencia on Saturday and is a major doubt for next week's Champions League opener at Borussia Dortmund, sources have told ESPN FC.
Messi, 32, has not played for Barca since injuring his calf during his first training session of preseason in August. He missed the club's tour of the United States and hasn't featured in any of their opening three league games.
Barca have never put a time...