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Barcelona's Messi on the bench for Bayern clash

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (C) and teammates attend a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona Apri
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (C) and teammates attend a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona Apri

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was left out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Bayern Munich, the La Liga club said.

The Argentine World Player of the Year suffered a hamstring strain last month and will start on the bench as Barca seek to overturn a 4-0 deficit from last week's first leg in Munich.

Messi's place in the side was taken by Cesc Fabregas, who will play in the roving forward role in a three-pronged attack with Spain team mates David Villa and Pedro.

(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Mark Meadows)

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