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Barcelona boss provides Lionel Messi injury update after win over Napoli

Quique Setien says Lionel Messi suffered a ‘fierce knock’ after being kicked in the leg by Kalidou Koulibaly in Barcelona’s win over Napoli but he expects the forward to make a speedy recovery.

The Catalan giants secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Napoli 3-1 (agg 4-2) on Saturday night, with Clement Lenglet, Messi and Luis Suarez getting on the scoresheet for the hosts at the Nou Camp.

Lorenzo Insigne converted from the penalty spot to give Napoli hope right on half-time but Messi and co held on to their advantage to set up a mouthwatering clash with Bayern Munich in the next round.

Messi appeared in some discomfort after Koulibaly struck his left leg while attempting to clear the ball when the scoreline was 2-0 and Barcelona’s medical staff ran on to attend to the iconic attacker.

Barca will no doubt have been sweating at the sight of the Argentinian on the ground but he stayed on for the full 90 minutes – and Setien reassured supporters it will not be a ‘big problem’ ahead of the side’s quarter-final with Bayern.

‘Lionel took quite a fierce knock in that challenge from Koulibaly,’ the Barcelona manager said.

‘But I don’t think it’ll become a big problem for him.’

Bayern booked their place in the next round with a comprehensive 4-1 (agg 7-1) victory over Chelsea and Setien is looking forward to a tough encounter between two of Europe’s top teams.

‘The game against Bayern will be complicated, but we are also a great team,’ he added.

‘The team has been good and we deserved the victory.

‘We have overcome the opening minutes and in the second half Napoli didn’t create much danger.

‘The truth is that Napoli are one of the best Italian teams. We knew how to react to their start and then we had a good first half.

‘They have had more prominence during the second half.’

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