The star forward netted the decisive goal in the 89th minute even though he is still struggling with a muscle injury, but he will be fit to face Roma
Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi rescued Barcelona from defeat at Sevilla despite still struggling with a hamstring injury.
The Catalans' unbeaten run in La Liga this season looked to be coming to an end at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan until Luis Suarez and Messi scored in the 88th and 89th minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw.
Messi had only come off the bench in the 58th minute, having missed both of Argentina's friendly matches during the international break with a muscle problem.
Valverde says he always intended to get the 30-year-old involved against Sevilla but admits his match-saving cameo came despite him not being fully recovered.
"I had planned to bring on Messi anyway," the coach told Movistar . "He's injured but he's been inactive for a while and we thought it would be better for him to play to get some rhythm of competition.