Messi recovers from knee injury, makes Barca squad

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FC Barcelona\'s Lionel Messi, from Argentina, attends a press conference during a promotional event at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Messi\'s collision with Benfica goalkeeper Artur late in Wednesday\'s Champions League match may only rule the Barcelona forward out for one match. Messi is trying to equal a 40-year-old scoring record held by Gerd Muller. He has scored 84 goals in 2012 and has four games to catch Mueller, who scored 85. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has recovered from a bruise to his left knee and will play in the Spanish league game at Real Betis.

Messi was carried off the field after a late collision with the opposing goalkeeper in Barcelona's 0-0 draw against Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says Messi "feels well. If he is traveling, it's because he's in condition to play" in Sunday's match.

Forward Alexis Sanchez and defenders Dani Alves and Marc Bartra have recovered from injuries and made the squad.

Barcelona leads the league after a record start of 13 wins and one draw in the opening 14 rounds.