Lionel Messi included in Barcelona squad for Champions League semi-final first leg at Bayern

Lionel Messi may start on the bench at Bayern on Tuesday evening. Photo: PA

Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona's squad for their Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich, although he has yet to receive the medical all-clear to return to action.

The Argentina superstar has missed Barca's last three Primera Division matches as the Catalan giants decided not to take any unnecessary risks with the hamstring problem Messi sustained in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris St Germain.

However, Messi, who featured as a substitute in the second leg against PSG, trained normally this morning and, even though he is still waiting for the green light from Barca's medical team to resume playing, he has been included in Tito Vilanova's 21-man travelling party for Tuesday's trip to Bayern.

The only players missing from the squad are injured defenders Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano plus the suspended Adriano.