Messi Out Of Dynamo Kiev Clash

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports

Lionel Messi will not be part of Barcelona's travelling party to Ukraine for the Uefa Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev.

Messi played the whole duration of the 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the league on Saturday.

Koeman has decided to rest him and Frenkie De Jong in other to keep them fresh for the next games which are coming in thick and fast.

Messi has struggled for form this season and the rest will in doubt be needed.

"We've decided not to take Leo or Frenkie because our situation in the Champions League is quite comfortable," Koeman told reporters ahead of Tuesday's game.

Messi has featured in every Barcelona's match so far this season and also played the full 90 minutes for Argentina four times over October and November.

"The players need a break and we think it's time for them to rest ... Both have played almost every minute and come from playing with their national teams," Koeman added.

"Sometimes, you have to protect your players because the calendar is incredible."

Barcelona will hope to bounce back from the defeat to Atletico Madrid with a victory in Ukraine.