Barcelona vs Tottenham line-ups and team news with Luis Suarez out while Lionel Messi could be rested

TOTTENHAM will be keeping their fingers and toes crossed that superstar Lionel Messi will be rested for their do-or-die Champions League clash.

Spurs head to the Nou Camp knowing anything but a win will see them crash out of the competition at the first hurdle. 

Barca have nothing to play for having already sealed qualification.

So there is a small glimmer of hope that the Catalan giants can afford to rest their Argentinean superstar ahead of their trip to Levante on Sunday.

Messi was at the Bernabeu to watch the Copa Libertadores final on Sunday evening further fuelling speculation that he will be rested.

Boss Ernesto Valverde has already admitted that striker Luis Suarez will not play after he returned from injury to face Espanyol.

Lionel Messi trains ahead of Barca’s Champions League showdown with Tottenham
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Luis Suarez is expected to be rested against Spurs
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Harry Kane could be the difference if Tottenham are to snatch a famous win
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Tottenham were put through a light session on Monday ahead of their clash tonight
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Barcelona have already sealed their qualification for the knockout stage
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Valverde insists he will rotate some of his first-team players and give opportunities to the likes of Carles Alena in midfield.

Munir is expected to start in attack alongside Philippe Coutinho while Thomas Vermaelen could make a surprise appearance in defence.

Back-up keeper Jasper Cillessen is set to start in goal.

For Spurs Harry Kane is fit and boss Poch will pack his midfield in order to prevent Barca’s possession-based football.

Tottenham will be missing right-backs Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier who are both injured.

So youngster Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to be thrown into the deep end in Spurs’ hopes of snatching a famous result.

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