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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez take part in Barcelona training ahead of visit of Sevilla - in pictures

Barca manager Ernesto Valverde has said it is a huge boost to have Messi and Suarez back together again and hopes the pair can reignite their deadly partnership as soon as possible

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will look to rekindle their recent good form together when Barcelona host Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday.

Both forwards took part in training on Saturday at the Joan Gamper Sports City in Barcelona on Saturday to fine-tune their preparations ahead of Sevilla's visit to Camp Nou.

Barca manager Ernesto Valverde has said it is a huge boost to have Messi and Suarez back together again and hopes the pair can reignite their deadly partnership as soon as possible.

The Spanish champions will look to register a fourth consecutive victory after league wins over Villarreal and Getafe before their Champions League success against Inter Milan on Wednesday.

Suarez scored twice against Inter, including a late winner set up by Messi, who was making only his second start of the season at Camp Nou following calf and thigh injuries. Suarez also suffered a calf injury in August.

Together, the pair scored 76 goals for Barcelona last season.

"It is clear they have both now recovered," Valverde said in a press conference on Saturday.

"They are crucial for us, they have some catching up to do because of their injuries but they have to find their connection again. This is an important match."

Ousmane Dembele is fit again after shaking off a hamstring strain while Ansu Fati is close to recovering from a knee problem and could be an option against Sevilla.

On Fati's fitness, Valverde said: "I am feeling optimistic, we will assess today whether he is ready or not. He is young, he still needs to mature physically and get used to the demands at this level.

"When a youngster like this comes through, everyone wants them to be thrown in the deep end all the time, but we forget he is only 16 years old."

Updated: October 6, 2019 09:53 AM

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