Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said Monday that Lionel Messi could be fit for Tuesday's Champions League match at Inter Milan, but he would have been "dangerous" to recover from a knee injury.
"He can play, but we have to wait until training, and see how he feels, he has shown good things about training, but we need a difficult situation that we can play," Valverde said.
"He can play at the beginning, get out of the bench, he can not play this game … everything is possible, what is really not going to hurt."
Messi breaks his hands during Barca's victory over Sevilla on October 20, with the club estimating that he will be out for three weeks.
However, the 31-year-old Argentine made his career at San Siro and could play full-time.
"We are happy to be with us and we are happy to be here for Milan, always good to have Leo with us," added Sergio Roberto.
"We organized ourselves when he was absent, we won him & his team, but we are happy to stay with the club."
Barcelona have won all of their last four games without Messi, including the 2-0 win over Inter last month at Camp Nou. They are three points ahead of the Italian side at the top of Group B, winning the last three games.