Lionel Messi included in Barcelona squad to play Real Betis after recovering from bruised knee

Lionel Messi has recovered from a bruise to his left knee and will play in the Spanish league game at Real Betis.

Messi was carried off the field after a late collision with the opposing goalkeeper in Barcelona's 0-0 draw against Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says Messi "feels well. If he is traveling, it's because he's in condition to play" in Sunday's match.

Forward Alexis Sanchez and defenders Dani Alves and Marc Bartra have recovered from injuries and made the squad.

Barcelona leads the league after a record start of 13 wins and one draw in the opening 14 rounds.