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The France global has not played since suffering the problem in a 2-2 home draw against Celta Vigo on December 2.

"Messi is the best player in history and the best in the world by a difference", Alba told reporters after the game.

Valverde played the first game without Barcelona's big names; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta, but he called the three players for Thursday's game. Already it was looking like a massive ask for Celta, who were being torn about by a vintage Barcelona display.

And a similar goal came moments later with Messi again using a first-time finish following a one-two with Alba. And once again, it was that linkup with Alba that Celta were unable to stem.

Celta's heads were spinning, and it was no surprise to see errors creeping into their game.

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Suarez pounced on an ill-advised, deflected back pass, finishing easily in the 31st minute to make it 4-0 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.

Luis Suarez made it 4-0 before halftime, while Messi was replaced by Ousmane Dembele before the hour mark. Barcelona's all-time scoring leader swept Alba's cross past Sergio Alvarez despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to the ball, and he followed up by firing home after another exchange of passes with Alba. It was another encouraging sign for Barcelona, with the Frenchman continuing his recovery from a recent injury layoff.

Ivan Rakitic headed the fifth goal late in the game to round off the five-star performance of Ernesto Varvelde's side.

Suarez pounced on a mistake to make it 4-0 before the interval and leave club-record signing Philippe Coutinho applauding from his seat in the stands.

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